684 treated for self-harm at Cork hospitals last year

684 treated for self-harm at Cork hospitals last year
Almost 700 people aged 18-34 were treated for self-harm at Cork's two main hospitals last yea.

ALMOST 700 people between the ages of 18 and 34 were treated for self-harm at Cork’s two main hospitals last year, shocking new figures have revealed.

380 young people between 18 and 24 years of age were treated for self-harm at Cork University Hospital (CUH) and the Mercy University Hospital, while a further 304 people between the ages of 25 and 34 were also treated for self-harm.

The statistics were contained in the latest publication of the National Self-Harm Registry, with the alarming figures indicating that young adults are particularly at risk.

There were 40 people under the age of 16 treated at CUH, and a further 13 in the Mercy.

Two-thirds of episodes related to overdoses, while alcohol was present in a third of cases.

Nationally, the report found that the peak time for self-harm episodes was 10pm, with almost half of hospital presentations made between 7pm and 3am.

The report was launched yesterday by Junior Minister Jim Daly and was published alongside the National Office for Suicide Prevention’s Annual Report 2017, and the Irish Prison Service Self Harm in Irish Prisons Annual Report 2017.

Nationally, 591 homeless people were treated for self-harm.

A statement from the National Suicide Research Foundation said: “A recent publication from the Registry found that the incidence of self-harm was 30 times higher among the homeless population.”

In to the National Office for Suicide Prevention’s annual report, the level of self-harm in Cork city was noted.

It outlined: “There was widespread variation in the male and female self-harm rate by city/county of residence. The male rate varied from 99 per 100,000 for Limerick County to 430 per 100,000 for Cork City.

“The lowest female rates were recorded for Limerick County (151 per 100,000) with the highest rates recorded for Limerick City residents at 446 per 100,000.”

The report added: “In particular, high rates of self-harm for both men and women were recorded in Cork City and Limerick City.”

Meanwhile, the report on self-harm in Irish prisons revealed that 138 people self-harmed last year. A quarter of those had repeated incidents of self-harm.

Four were fatal.

Each of those prisoners were on remand when they died.

- Anyone who has been affected by the topics raised in this article is encouraged to contact Pieta House on 1800 247 247 (Freephone 24/7), or text HELP to 51444.

Alternatively, the Samaritans can be contacted on 116 123 (Freephone 24/7), can be texted on 087 260 9090, or can be emailed via jo@samaritans.ie. Useful web resources can be found on www.pieta.ie or www.samaritans.org.

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