What is self-harm?

Often people who self-harm are doing so because they are experiencing a mental health problem such as depression or anxiety and the issues build up to such a point that self-harm is used as a way of coping.

Self-harm can take many forms, not just cutting. Other ways that people self-harm include biting their nails excessively, developing an eating disorder or taking an overdose of tablets. It can also include taking drugs or excessive amounts of alcohol.

If you are self-harming, then it is very important that you know what help is available and how you can get it. Many young people do not want to talk about their self-harm because they are worried that people won’t understand. Sometimes it is easier to talk to a friend or maybe a relative, but if you can talk to someone this may help you understand why you are feeling the way you do.

Maybe you could talk to:
Auntie/uncle or other relative
Parents’ friend
Brother or sister
School nurse
Youth Worker

If you don’t feel like you can confide in anyone, then contact your GP and make an appointment to see them. Your GP will be able to offer you a range of support such as counselling or cognitive behavioural therapy which will help you to understand your feelings and behaviours.

If you are unsure where you local GP is based, or who they are, then please use the following link: