What is Self-Harm?
Self-harm can be really hard to understand but it is a lot more common than some people think.
Self-harm is when somebody intentionally damages or injures their body. It is a way of coping with or expressing overwhelming emotional distress.
Sometimes when people self-harm they intend to die but often the intention is more to punish themselves, express their distress or relieve unbearable tension. Self-harm can also be a cry for help.
If you are self-harming, you should see your doctor, or at the very least call a helpline for further advice.
Your doctor will usually offer to refer you to healthcare professionals at a local community mental health service for further assessment. This assessment will result in your care team working out a treatment plan with you.
Treatment for people who self-harm will usually involve seeing a therapist to discuss your feelings and thoughts and how these affect your behaviour and well-being. If you are badly depressed it could also involve taking antidepressant medication.