Self Harm

What is self harm?

Self harm is when someone deliberately hurts themselves or damages their health, but it doesn't mean that they want to take their own life. If you ever feel like hurting yourself, please remember that you are not alone and there are people who you can talk to.

Why do people self harm?

People can self harm for a variety of different reasons. They may be dealing with emotions which they find difficult to cope with and resort to self harm to deal with the physical pain, rather than the emotional pain. They may also self harm as a way of release from feeling angry, or as a way of control if they feel that they are out of control of a situation or trapped.

People may self harm as a way of punishing themselves, particularly if they are suffering from low self-esteem.

Others may not know why they self harm and that's okay; reasons why people self harm can be very personal, but there are always people who they can talk to about their feelings and there are other ways that they can express their emotions without harming themselves.

Do you, or does someone you know, self harm?

There are many telephone helplines, counselling organisations and groups that are able to help you. They may listen, advise or provide you with information that can help you to cope better. Most helping organisations offer confidentiality so you can be sure no-one else will be told about your problem.

Organisations that can help:

Barnardos - Self Harm Download

RSCPP counsellors for self-harm - Tonbridge

Youth Access

Young Minds - Website run by young people's charity. Includes lots of useful info for parents and for young people who self-harm


Anorexia and Bulimia Care

Tel: 03000 11 12 13

Parent Helpline: Option 1

Sufferer Helpline: Option 2

Self-Harm Helpline: Option 3


 Helpline 0845 634 1414

 Youthline 0845 634 7650


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