Self-harm is not easy topic to talk about. If you or a friend is self-harming. This information would help to get help.
What is Self-harm?
Self-harm is when somebody intentionally damages or injures their body. It’s usually a way of coping with or expressing overwhelming emotional distress. Sometimes when people self-harm, they feel on some level that they intend to die. More than half of people who die by suicide have a history of self-harm. But the intention is more often to punish themselves, express their distress, or relieve unbearable tension. Sometimes it’s a mixture of all three.
The different types of self-harm:
- excessively exercising
- cutting or burning their skin
- punching or hitting themselves
- deliberately starving themselves
- misusing alcohol or drugs
- poisoning themselves with tablets or toxic chemicals
There are loads of different types of self harm out there. I only picked out a few of them.
Getting help with self-harm:
- You should go to your GP for help if you are self-harming. The assessment will result in your care team working out a treatment plan with you to help with your distress.
- People who usually self-harm involves in seeing a therapist to discuss your thoughts and feelings. They can also teach you coping strategies to help prevent further episodes of self-harm.
Some useful organisations for self-harm
There are organisations that offer support and advice for people who self-harm, as well as their friends and families.
- Samaritans – call 116 123 (open 24 hours a day), email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit your local Samaritans branch
- Mind – call 0300 123 3393 or text 86463 (9am to 6pm on weekdays)
- Harmless – email email@example.com
- National Self Harm Network forums
- Young Minds Parents Helpline – call 0808 802 5544 (9.30am to 4pm on weekdays)