Cutting the risk: improving the outlook for vulnerable young people
How many adolescents are admitted for injuries related to self-harm, alcohol and drug use and what is their risk of future harm?
The number of young people estimated to self-harm is high, and on the rise. But self-harm is just one type of what healthcare professionals refer to as 'adversity-related injuries': the term also includes injury related to alcohol, drug use or violence.
- This study used hospital data to explore how many adolescents are admitted for injuries related to self-harm, alcohol, drugs or violence (adversity-related injuries)
- 4% of adolescents have been admitted for an adversity-related injury and those admitted for one type have often also been admitted for another type
- The risk of future harm for these adolescents is equally high whichever type of adversity-related injury they are admitted for
This case study is for the Healthcare provision theme.