Comment regarding reports of a steep rise in self-harm among girls aged 13 to 16.
Katharine Sacks-Jones, Director of Agenda and co-chair of the Department of Health’s Women’s Mental Health Taskforce says: “The rise in self-harm among girls is an alarming symptom of a growing mental health crisis.
“It is not enough to blame this on social media and body image pressures alone.
“Poor mental health among women and girls is often closely linked to violence.
“Girls face sexual pressures, exploitation and abuse on our streets and in our homes, and harassment and violence at school. We ignore this at our peril.
“The Government and health service need to take urgent action, investing in services in schools and in the community that take into account experiences of trauma.
“But we also need to tackle this culture of sexualisation and violence directed at girls and young women.”
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