About self-harm

What is self-harm?

Self-harm is when someone intentionally hurts themselves. This can take many different forms, that involve someone hurting themselves on the outside and on the inside. It can result in serious injuries and sometimes even death.

Why do people self-harm?

Most often, it’s a way of trying to cope with strong feelings and emotions.
Common reasons:
1. Trying to express complicated or hidden feelings
2. Communicating that they need some support
3. Proving to themselves that they’re not invisible
4. Feeling in control
5. Getting an immediate sense of relief

What to do about self-harm?


Seek professional help


Use online and phone services


Enlist a support team


Practise self-help


Try different approaches to give up self-harm

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