Almost 1,000 incidents of self-harm presented at Craigavon A&E

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Almost 1,000 people presented themselves at Craigavon Area Hospital A&E department with signs of self-harm in the last 12 months.

According to latest figures released by the Public Health Agency (PHA), 964 people presented themselves at Craigavon A&E with incidents of self-harm in 2013, while 433 presented themselves at Daisy Hill Hospital, Newry.

Help is available for those suffering with mental health conditions

Help is available for those suffering with mental health conditions

Overall in the Southern Health Trust, the age group with the highest number of self-harm presentations was 20-24 year olds, with 224 people aged in that bracket presenting themselves at A&E departments.

In Northern Ireland, 5,970 people presented to Emergency Departments as a result of self-harm between April 2012 and March 2013.

The gender balance was quite even across the Southern Health Trust with male presentations slightly higher.

From April 2012 to March 2013, 710 males presented at emergency departments in the Southern Trust, while 687 females were recorded in the same period.

On a broader scale across the country, the Belfast Trust accounted for almost 29% of presentations, South Eastern Trust with 20%, Western Trust 18%, and Northern and Southern Trusts with 17% each.

Local suicide awareness and prevention charity the Niamh Louise Foundation are encouraging people to reach out and ask for help.

A spokesperson for the Foundation told the TIMES: “We would like to reassure people that there are services out there - community, voluntary, and statutory - which exist to help people in despair or who may be experiencing thoughts of suicide or self harm. We can offer a safe place and a listening ear to all those who are vulnerable, and encourage positive coping through our youth group, complementary therapies, mentoring and befriending, and one to one work.”