Self harm

Here you’ll find answers to some common questions concerning self harming.

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Self-harm is when a person hurts or inflicts pain on themselves on purpose.

People can self-harm in many different ways. Sometimes at first people don’t realise that they are self-harming. Self-harm may include scratching or cutting, hair pulling or using items to inflict pain such as pens, staples, paperclips.

People self-harm for a variety of reasons. Here are a few: * Self-harming is a coping strategy and not the same as someone wanting to take their own life. Click here. Clicking on the link will take you to the Papyrus Prevention of Young Suicide page

People can self-harm at all times of the day or night, usually after feeling an ‘urge’ to self-harm. Most will self-harm in privacy or without other people’s knowledge and will usually have a set way or routine of how they self-harm. Self-harming brings only temporary relief and the cause of the distress is unlikely to have gone away afterwards. Once a person has started to depend on self-harm it can take a long time to stop.

During intense urges to hurt yourself, it can be hard to imagine that it’s possible to do anything else.  But there are steps you can take to help you make other choices.

Click on the buttons below to find techniques may help you cope.

Who can I talk to?

  • Friends
  • Family
  • Someone you trust at school
  • Youth worker
  • Health professional (GP; Counsellor Nurse)
  • Charities and Helplines

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If you haven’t already found the help you’re looking for, you can find additional information and services which are more interactive here.

I would like to make a referral to Mental Health Services by completing the online referral form.

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