What is self-harm?
- It includes things like cutting, burning, scratching or hitting
- It can be really dangerous
- Self-harming doesn’t always mean that the person wants to end their life
- If you are thinking about hurting yourself, it’s important to let someone know so they can help you cope
Why do people self-harm?
There are many reasons why someone might self-harm and everyone’s story is different. Here's just a few reasons why somebody might self-harm:
Express difficult emotions
Feel connected to something
Have seen it work for other people
Control or escape their feelings
Cope with their feelings
Show they need help
Who can help?
- A parent or trusted adult in your life
- Kids Helpline
- School counsellor
- Youth worker
- Psychologist or Social Worker
- Doctor or nurse
Important: If you need urgent medical help call an ambulance (000) or go to the emergency department of your local hospital.
How can someone help?
"If you're worried about self-harming contact a Kids Helpline counsellor today."
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