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Did you know.....
  • Self harm is when someone hurts themselves on purpose to deal with feelings
  • As many as one in ten 15 to 16 year olds self harm at some time
  • People self harm because they are experiencing feelings they feel they can't discuss or control
  • Many people who self harm are very embarrassed or feel shame about the fact they hurt themselves. Don’t treat them as attention seekers.


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What is self-harm?

People who self harm are usually very unhappy and most people who self-harm feel guilty or embarrassed about it.

It usually shows that someone is having difficulties dealing with things that are happening to them or don’t know how cope with strong emotions that they are having. It can be a way of trying to deal with things on their own when they think that no one else can help or understand. The most common form of self-harm is cutting or scratching the skin with a sharp object, but it can take a variety of different forms, from burning, hair pulling, overdosing or ingesting poisonous or toxic substances.

Although the harm that they are doing to themselves might seem to be the most important thing to talk about, it’s actually what they are feeling that is the thing to focus on.

What makes people self harm?

People hurt or injure themselves on purpose for a number of reasons. It is often because they are experiencing emotions and feelings that are difficult to talk about, so harming themselves is a way of getting rid of that build up of feelings.

Some people say that this helps them to cope with feelings that they don’t know how to deal with, or which make them feel out of control.

Getting Help

Talk to Someone
Confiding in someone is the first step on the road to recovery from self-harm. It doesn’t matter who the person is, but taking the first steps to breaking the self-harm cycle is far easier with someone onside.


The most common treatment for self-harm is counselling, where the individual can talk through their problems, and establish what is at the heart of their need to self-harm. It gives a non-judgemental, completely confidential atmosphere.
Talk to a Doctor The Doctor is most people’s first point of contact with the NHS. Many patients visiting their GP are there for help with emotional difficulties, so the doctor will be used to listening to these types of problems. A doctor can suggest a range of treatments, depending on the nature of a person’s difficulties.