Trend of younger children self-harming, experts warn

Reasons include growing influence of social media, woes at home or school: Psychologists


Self-harm among adolescents is an urgent issue despite figures that show a slight decline in the number of children being hospitalised.
Self-harm among adolescents is an urgent issue despite figures that show a slight decline in the number of children being hospitalised. ST PHOTO: TIMOTHY DAVID

Life became so distressing for an 11-year-old girl that she turned to self-harm.

The girl, who felt she was the less favoured child in the family, was grappling with her parents' divorce and dealing with stress at school and issues with her friends.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 23, 2018, with the headline 'Trend of younger children self-harming, experts warn'. Subscribe