self harm

Self-harm

What is Self-harm?

Self-harm is difficult to talk about but it’s a common problem and you can beat it. Self-harm is when you hurt yourself on purpose. You usually do it because something else feels wrong. It seems like the only way to let those feelings out.

It is a very common behaviour in young people and affects around one in 12 people with 10% of 15-16 year olds self-harming.

If you self-harm it is usually as a result of another problem. It can happen if you are feeling anxious, depressed, stressed or bullied and feel you don’t have any other way of dealing with these issues.

Often self-harming brings only temporary relief. It can be upsetting when you think that self-harm is the only way you can cope, but there are other healthy ways you can cope.

Sometimes it feels like no-one understands why you self-harm but lots more people today know about what the condition really means. What to do about self-harm?

Take the first step – if you think you are affected by self-harm, talk to someone, a parent or relative you trust, perhaps a teacher or youth worker. If you don’t think you can confide in anyone, talk to your GP.

Why talk to your GP - Self-harm can be a sign of other disorders that you need help with such as depression or anxiety and they can refer you to the right people for treatment. You may also be referred to child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) so you can have an assessment for the right treatment for you.

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