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Self Harm

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The information on this page has come from the Mind website, please click here to visit their website for further information.

What it is

Self-harm is when you hurt yourself as a way of dealing with very difficult feelings, painful memories or overwhelming situations and experiences. Some people have described self-harm as a way to:

  • Express something that is hard to put into words
  • Turn invisible thoughts or feelings into something visible
  • Change emotional pain into physical pain
  • Reduce overwhelming emotional feelings or thoughts
  • Have a sense of being in control
  • Escape traumatic memories
  • Have something in life that they can rely on
  • Punish yourself for your feelings and experiences
  • Stop feeling numb, disconnected or dissociated (see dissociative disorders)
  • Create a reason to physically care for themselves
  • Express suicidal feelings and thoughts without taking their own life.

What to do

There are many things you can do to get support and help, you don't have to face this alone. Below are some recommendations and websites that will help you.

  • Speak to your GP - they will be understanding and will advise you of different treatment and support options.
  • Speak to your parents, teacher or someone you trust - talking about things can really help.
  • Online support groups and websites - these are listed below and have some really helpful information on treatment and support.

The National Self Harm Network http://www.nshn.co.uk/

Self Injury Support https://www.selfinjurysupport.org.uk/

Life Signs http://www.lifesigns.org.uk/ 

The Mix http://www.themix.org.uk/mental-health/self-harm

Sane http://www.sane.org.uk/ 

Click here for guidance on self harm and what to do if you are worried about yourself or someone else.

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