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Self Harm: Just The Facts

Self harm is when you hurt yourself on purpose.

It is normally done as a result of another problem. Self harm can be difficult to talk about, but with help you can beat it.

Quick facts on self-harm

  1. Self-harm is an expression of emotional distress where people cause physical harm to themselves
  2. Self-harming can occur in many forms. The underlying intention is to release the build-up of pressure from distressing thoughts and feelings
  3. Learning new coping strategies to deal with self-harm will make it easier to break the cycle
  4. People often try to keep self-harm a secret because of the shame or fear of friends and family finding out
  5. There are many reasons why young people turn to self-harm as a coping mechanism
  6. Accepting help can be the hardest step but, by allowing yourself to do this, you’re recognising and allowing positive changes to your life – helping towards a fresh start.

You can also have a look at our tips and techniques for preventing self harm.

5 myths about self-harm

  1. People self-harm because of emo music
  2. People self-harm because they like blood
  3. People self-harm because it’s cool
  4. People self-harm for attention
  5. People self-harm because they are attempting suicide

How to get help

If you have any more questions on this area or would like to speak to somebody about this topic, have a look at the links or search for your local services in the blue box below. Alternatively you can always contact your school nurse.

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