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?
Although there are many reasons why someone might self-harm, everyone’s story is different. Self-harm can be a way for someone to:
Express difficult emotions
Feel connected to something
Fit in with friends
Control or escape their feelings
Cope with their feelings
Show they need help
Who can help?
A Kids Helpline counsellor
A psychologist or social worker
A trusted friend who'll listen and encourage you to find other ways of coping
A family member you can turn to for support
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?
"It might feel too difficult to stop self-harming if you been doing it for a while, but it's never too late. We can help you figure out what the next steps might be."
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