What is Self-Harm?
Self-harm is a broad term that describes the act of hurting yourself on purpose.
Why do some people Self-Harm?
Self-harm can be a way to:
- Express, cope with or numb painful feelings.
- Get some control over painful and often confusing feelings.
- Punish yourself; this can be particularly true if a person has low self-esteem or blames themselves for the original trauma.
- Provide comfort at a difficult time by doing something that is familiar. This can help when new and confusing feelings appear.
Myths about Self-Harm:
“It is a failed suicide attempt”: Self-harm is much more about attempting to cope with life rather than wanting to die. Injuries can be life threatening but are rarely so.
“Self-harm is attention seeking behaviour”: Many people try as hard as they can to hide any evidence of their self-harm. People do not hurt themselves to gain attention.
“Self-harm is a sign of someone going mad”: Self-harm is a sign of deep distress – not madness.
“People who self harm are a danger to others”: People who self-harm are directing the hurt at themselves and not at other people. In fact, most people who self-harm would be appalled at the idea of harming anyone else.
Specialist resources around Self-Harm
Self injury Support offer a support and information about self-harm www.selfinjurysupport.org.uk
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