This BBC article caught my eye: Self-harm 'growing issue for men'. The article is focussed on the pressures on men and that they are turning to self-harm to cope. Has anyone noticed that females do this for too? A couple of quotes from the article:
Young men are increasingly turning to self-harm in response to abuse and confusion about their role in society, doctors have said. The warning comes as a new set of guidelines is issued urging doctors and nurses to treat self-harmers with the same respect as any other patient. Triggers for men and women can include abuse in childhood, domestic violence or the breakdown of a relationship.
Self-harm is the third largest cause of death in 10- to 13-year-olds, Dr Kendall said, and is also an increasing phenomenon among young men aged 20 to 35. "There's a rise amongst men probably in part because of problems about role confusion," he said. "Over the last 20 years it's become less and less clear what's valuable about being a bloke. Also we've gone through long periods where it's been quite difficult for young men to get jobs, so there's a big issue in that sense. The culture for blokes means they are much less likely to discuss the sorts of things like emotional problems - they are more reticent than women."
Overall it's a decent article, but it bugs me that self-harm is news because more men have started doing it.