Self-harm in youth is more common than some may think

April 19, 2021

Self-harm affects a surprising number of young people. According to studies in representative samples, 11 to 28% of adolescents have reported harming themselves. As well, two BC studies provide information about local rates. A survey of nearly 40,000 youth from 58 school districts in this province have found that 17% reported engaging in self-harm in the past year. Similarly, a population-based survey of nearly 600 Victoria youth found that 17% reported harming themselves. For more information, see Vol. 13, No. 3 of the Children’s Mental Health Research Quarterly