According to LifeSIGNS, a self-injury support network, as many men self-injure as women, they just find it more difficult to come forward and ask for help.
LifeSIGNS male self-injury fact sheet says: "The only reason male self injury
is less commonly known about is because many men are unable or unwilling to talk about the subject, or admit that they self-injure in order to cope with
their emotional distress."
"Self-injury is a coping mechanism, a way of dealing with emotional distress, and it;s a bahaviour that many men rely on. The physical pain of self-injury can be easier to deal with than the distress that lies behind it, but it's nonetheless and indication of emotional pain and shouldn't be ignored or dismissed by anyone.
Department of Health figures for 2010/2011 revealed that more than 200 boys and young men under 25 are admitted to hospital for intentional self-harm every week in England.
It is thought that boys are more likely to hide self-harm and less likely to access emotional support.
- LifeSIGNS information on male self-harm
- LifeSIGNS male self-injury fact sheet
- 'Only Girls Do It' mythbuster from Youthscape charity
- STEM4 teenage mental health charity page on self-harm
- National Self-Harm Network List Of Useful Distractions