Almost half of all 14-year-old children attracted to the same or both sexes are self-harming, a new report from the Children's Society has found.
A survey of 11,000 children found almost one in four 14-year-old girls (22 percent) and almost one in ten boys (nine percent) had injured themselves or damaged their own body.
Rates of self-harm were worst (46%) among those who were attracted to people of the same or both genders.
The NSPCC says common reasons for self-harming include:
- Emotional abuse
- Pressure at school
- Having relationship problems with family or friends
The report indicates that one million teenagers have "seven or more serious problems in their lives".
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