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How bullying can lead to self harm

A survey of nearly 4000 young people who have self-harmed has been conducted to look into why children and young people self-harm.

The online poll, carried out by Self-harm.co.uk, ChildLine, Youth Net and Young Minds has found being bullied is the main reason youngsters give for first injuring themselves.

The BBC report on the experiences of one girl:

Sixteen-year-old Chloe can relate to the findings. After years of being bullied, she started self-harming when she was 14.

“You just get to a point where you need to do something about it, and its just a way of venting your frustration. I was thinking, ‘If you can hurt me on the inside, why can’t I hurt myself on the outside?’

“It was replacing emotional pain with physical pain.”

Chloe was self-harming for about 18 months, up to seven days a week.

“Pretty much whenever I had a really bad day at school, which was most days, I’d think I need to vent my frustrations.

“I’d come home, go straight to my room and I’d just stay in my room all night, I wouldn’t want to associate with people.”

Chloe is now receiving help from the charity Harmless.