Self Harm
Sunday, May 9, 2010 at 19:49
[Off Centre Admin]

Self-harm means different things to different people. It may be a way of punishing yourself, or else of numbing painful feelings. Other times it might be a way trying to show yourself or others how bad you feel on the inside by creating something visible. Self-harming can include things like:

Self harm is a way of coping with unbearable feelings. It is not attention seeking, nor is it a failed suicide attempt, although people who self harm are more likely to go on to commit suicide. People who self harm tend to be very secretive about it. They may feel ashamed, or worried about being judged or labelled. If you have started to hurt yourself as a way of coping, it is important that you seek help from someone you trust.

Through counselling or therapy you will be supported to look at what issues might lie behind the self-harm, and what situations act as triggers. The reasons that people begin to hurt themselves vary a lot: there is no one quick solution for a complex problem. Your counsellor or therapist will work with you to find out what will help the most.

Further information on self-harm

Young Minds
National Self Harm Network
First Signs

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