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Men who self harm 13 Oct 2006
Children and adults who deliberately injure and harm themselves form an almost invisible population. Their behaviour is secretive and can continue for many years before it is discovered.

Woman's Hour looks exclusively at boys and men who self harm, and hears from Steven, who cut himself from his early teenage years right through to adulthood; a response, Steven says, to bullying and a desperately unhappy school life.

For years, cutting himself became his standard response to emotional distress. The Chair of the National Inquiry into Young People and Self Harm, "Truth Hurts", Catherine McLoughlin and Dr Tim Kendall, consultant psychiatrist and co-director of the National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health, who helped to draw up guidelines to improve NHS treatment for people who have self harmed, join Martha to discuss the scale of this great taboo.

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