Self-harm far too common to research

    Self-harm and suicide by young people in custody is widespread, the
    Back on Track campaign launch event heard.

    Prison Reform Trust director Juliet Lyon said research into the
    trauma suffered by young people who had witnessed such tragedies
    had never started as they had been unable to find a control group
    of children in custody who had not seen or heard an inmate
    self-harm or try to take their own life.

    The revelations came as a new study from the Royal College of
    Psychiatrists found that “copy cat” suicides could account for one
    in 10 suicides by current and recent mental health patients. Seven
    out of every eight children in custody are believed to have a
    mental illness.

    More than 85 per cent of respondents to Community Care‘s
    youth justice survey believe that detaining children with mental
    health problems should end immediately (news analysis, page 16, 8

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