Self-harm involves a person damaging their body by cutting, burning, scratching or practicing any other behavior that results in pain or injury. Different motivators can encourage people toward self-harm, such as feeling overwhelmed or numb. Though self-harm is not a mental health disorder, it is a common symptom of many psychological conditions. Self-harm statistics and facts show the widespread trend of self-harm throughout the United States.
- About 17% of all people will self-harm during their lifetime
- The average age of the first incident of self-harm is 13.
- Adolescents have the highest rate of self-injurious behaviors, with about 17% admitting to self-injury at least once in their life.