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Self Harm

1. Emotional Health and Wellbeing 2. Self Harm 3. How Can I Help Myself Cope With Self Harm?
4. Information on Treatment and Support for Self Harm  

2. Self Harm

By intentionally harming or injuring your body, this is known as self harm.  Self-harm is a way of coping with or expressing emotional distress. 

Although some people who self-harm are at a higher risk of ending their lives, many people who self-harm do not want to end their lives.  In fact, the self-harm may help them cope with emotional distress so they don’t feel the need to kill themselves.

There are many different ways people can harm themselves.  These include cutting, burning, poisoning themselves, e.g. by taking too many tablets, or abusing drugs and alcohol.  They may alter their eating habits and eat too much or too little.

Self-harm is common in young people and it is estimated that 1 in 10 people have harmed themselves at some point.  People that harm themselves often keep it secret and it is only close friends and family that may notice any symptoms, such as:

  • Unexplained cuts and bruises;
  • Keeping covered up even in hot weather;
  • Changes in eating habits with weight loss or weight gain;
  • Low mood and becoming withdrawn;
  • Signs of misuse of drugs or alcohol

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