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WILTSHIRE: Self-harm admissions hit record high

WILTSHIRE: Self-harm admissions hit record high

Published by Jack Deery at 5:58am 18th February 2020.

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New figures show that in 2018/19, Wiltshire hospitals saw the most incidents since comparable records began in 2010/11.

Public Health England data has revealed that 1,240 emergency hospital admissions for self-harm were made in the county. 

That's the equivalent of 267 cases for every 100,000 people in Wiltshire, which is much more than the average of 193 in England.

BREAKDOWN FOR GENDERS

In Wiltshire, more women were in hospital for a self harming incident:

  • Rate for women was 345 per 100,000 people
  • Men was 193 per 100,000 people
Wiltshire Border Lopcombe Corner January 2020
It was the highest number in Wiltshire since records began

Vicki Nash, Head of policy and campaigns for the charity Mind, said:

"Whatever the reason we end up there, A&E can be a frightening place for anyone experiencing a mental health crisis. That's why we want to make sure as many people as possible get the support they need long before they reach that point.

We also need to take into account the wider social issues such as poor housing, employment issues and financial strain, which can all have a huge impact on our mental health.

The NHS in England has promised £2.3 billion a year for mental health, but we must see this reach the front line if we are going to see people's experiences on the ground improve."

According to Public Health England, self-harm is one of the top five causes of emergency admissions.

GETTING HELP

The NHS say that it's important for anyone who self-harms to see their GP

They can treat any physical injury and recommend further assessment, if necessary.

woman sad, self harm
There are a number of ways for people to get help if they are struggling with their mental health

If it's an emergency you should call 999.

There are also a number of organisations that can offer advice and support: 

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