High self harm rates in North East

Figures released today have shown that the rate of hospital admissions for self harming is almost three times higher in the north east of England than in London.

There were 330 cases of self harm per 100,000 people in the North East compared to 114 cases per 100,000 in the capital over the period of a year.

"Today's figures show the impact of intentional self harm on our society and hospitals - where the result of somebody purposely damaging their body is so serious they need to be admitted to hospital.

The figures point towards a very clear difference in admission rates per 100,000 population for self harm in some parts of the country, with the north east of England recording triple the rate of admissions according to population size than the capital."

– Tim Straughan, Chief Executive of Health and Social Care Information Centre