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.

These include:

  • Samaritans – call 116 123 (open 24 hours a day), email, or visit your local Samaritans branch
  • Mind – call 0300 123 3393 or text 86463 (9am to 6pm on weekdays)
  • Harmless – email
  • National Self Harm Network forums
  • Young Minds Parents Helpline – call 0808 802 5544 (9.30am to 4pm on weekdays)







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