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Self-harm rates soar in N.L., more than 3 times national average in some areas


October 30th, 2018

Self-harm rates soar in N.L., more than 3 times national average in some areas

Mckenzie Strait, 20, has struggled with self-harming for years. (Eddy Kennedy/CBC)

For 53 days, McKenzie Strait hasn't hurt herself.

She's hesitant to say she feels any better today than she did when she was admitted to the Waterford Hospital in St. John's eight weeks ago, but the lack of fresh scars on her skin is a victory in her battle against mental illness.

At 20 years of age, she's one patient out of more than 300 who spent time in a hospital last year due to self-inflicted injuries.

"Self-harm was a way to numb my feelings," Strait said. "Causing actual pain helped alleviate the emotional pain for a little bit."

According to statistics from 2016-2017, Newfoundland and Labrador has a self-harm rate more than 1.5 times higher than the national average.

The data was included in a recent report by Memorial University's Harris Centre, in an annual publication called Vital Signs.

For Strait, those statistics are more than just numbers. They represent many of the people she sees every day.

"People are going into hospital looking for a way to get help."

Canada-wide, 68 out of every 100,000 people were hospitalized due to self-harm. In Newfoundland and Labrador, the average was 105.

Learn More:  https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/self-harm-newfoundland-1.4876205

Posted on October 30th, 2018