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Tips and Techniques to Preventing Self Harm

Everyone has their own coping strategies.

Have a look at these tips on how to prevent self - harm ,but remember everyone is different so the best person to be aware of what can help you is yourself!

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1. Ice cubes
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Many young people find holding two ice cubes and allowing them to melt in their hands – gives the same sensation as self – harming.

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2. Relaxation technique
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Learning to relax may help you to cope with the feelings that are leading to self-harming

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3. Memory box
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Filling a box with positive memories such as pictures, distraction techniques, drawing books, music, films, concert tickets, favourite chocolate bar or anything that means something to you. Sensory objects such as a candle can all help to distract thoughts of self Рharming and improve your mood.

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4. Keep a feelings diary
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By being able to reflect on your feelings and mood it can help to understand you’re ¬†feeling low in your mood and maybe why you want to self – harm. By writing a feelings diary it can help you to recognise the trigger, allowing for reflection and development of overcoming the trigger rather than self – harming.

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5. What helped David?
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David thought it was useful to place his blade in a jar and wrap the jar in sellotape. So when he had the urge to self-harm he would have to peel through the layers of sellotape. This would help him to reduce the urge to self-harm as before he was able to get the blade straight away.

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6. Delaying self harm
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Setting time scales before self-harming and reviewing the urge to self-harm and increasing the time scale each time using your distraction techniques often can help you to stop self – harming.

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