Self-harm can spread like a virus through friendship networks. And now, new research shows it seems to be spreading throughout NSW.
As I reveal in the Herald today, figures released on the Health Statistics NSW website* show the rate of people being hospitalised for self-harm has more than doubled in NSW over the past 10 years.
And the driver? Young women, where rates increased from 145 hospitalisations for self-harm for every 100,000 women aged between 15 and 24 in 1991, to 352 in 2010.