‘Worrying trend’: Self-poisoning rates among kids double

A spike in self-harm over the past decade was mostly driven by those born after 1997
Youth mental health

The number of Australian children and teenagers intentionally poisoning themselves with over-the-counter drugs and antidepressants has doubled in the past decade — prompting renewed calls for a fresh approach to youth mental health.

Researchers from the University of Sydney say that self-harm via self-poisoning has not only increased, it’s also occurring in younger age groups where such behaviour was previously uncommon.