Premature deaths three times higher in people who self-harm

UK researchers used medical records to follow up almost 31,000 individuals who were admitted to UK emergency departments after self-poisoning or self-injury between 2000–07.

Of those studied, 6% (1832 patients) died during a median six years of follow-up.

Individuals who self-harmed were at risk of slashing an average 30 years from their lifespan compared to the rest of the population, the researchers found.

Suicide accounted for 20.6% of deaths and accidental poisoning was also common.

However, the authors also showed that deaths due to natural causes were two to 7.5 times higher than