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(UK) Self-harm/suicide among young people; "epidemic of despair"

Oct 22, 2017, INews (UK): There is an epidemic of despair among young people. When will we admit that phones play a role? https://inews.co.uk/opinion/epidemic-despair-among-young-people-will-admit-phones-play-role/ There are few more obvious cries for help than self-harm. The idea of slashing your arm with a razor blade or slicing your leg with scissors to release feelings of anger, pain and desolation seems perverse. Yet for more than a century there have been clinical reports of people mutilating themselves when emotions or stress become overwhelming. Now the number of British teenagers engaged in such desperate actions is rocketing. The latest alarming evidence on this epidemic of youthful despair came last week in the British Medical Journal. A study based on 674 GP practices found girls aged between 10 and 19 three times more likely to self-harm than boys – and incidences among girls aged 13 to 16 increasing more than two-thirds over three years. This is shocking and highly significant, especially when such people are far more likely to later kill themselves or die from substance abuse. There are many causes for this mental health crisis. Yet how much damage is caused by that smartphone revolution unleashed by Steve Jobs a decade ago with his prophetic words that sometimes “a revolutionary product comes along that changes everything”? ...