Deliberate self injury is common but often poorly managed, and so awareness is essential, say Abigail Naomi Kinmond and Kathryn S Kinmond
It's the middle of summer. Your firm has just finished another tedious ward round and is now in the students' mess throwing back the coffee needed to face the long afternoon of lectures ahead. The hot weather means you are all dressed a little more skimpily than usual: everyone is pushing the dress code to the limit for the sake of comfort. A member of your firm sitting across from you shifts. You catch a glimpse of her abdomen, crisscrossed with thin white scars and areas of hyperpigmentation. You quickly look away so as not to be caught staring. You don't want to embarrass her…or yourself.
The recent national inquiry in the United Kingdom from the Camelot Foundation and the Mental Health Foundation has raised the profile of self harm as a major public health issue that affects at least one in 15 people aged 11 to 25.1 Also, “there