‘We’re not used to seeing what we’re seeing’: Increasing numbers of children attending A&E after self-harming

Warning: This report contains references to self-harm and suicide.

Nicole Renshaw’s first job of the day is to head to the children’s ward. “It’s a long walk to the ward and you get time to think about what you’re going to see there,” she says.

Nicole is a mental health nurse and is doing a routine and increasingly frequent part of her job – seeing children who have arrived in hospital after they have self-harmed.

Before the pandemic, A&E attendances by children with psychiatric conditions had tripled in the last 10 years. Now, month on month, the numbers arriving at hospital are continuing to rise.

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Source: ‘We’re not used to seeing what we’re seeing’: Increasing numbers of children attending A&E after self-harming

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