What is self-harm?

Self-harm is when someone hurts themselves in some way on purpose.  This may be something like:

  • cutting
  • burning
  • scalding
  • banging or scratching their body
  • breaking bones
  • hair pulling
  • swallowing things that can make you ill

Some people self-harm for many reasons,  people who self-harm are often not trying to kill themselves but are trying to cope with difficult feelings or experiences. People who self-harm  sometimes find it difficult to talk to others about it. However, it is really important that you do talk to someone.  We have listed some people below who we think would be good for you to talk to:

  • Teachers
  • Doctors
  • Adult family members
  • Parents
  • CAMHS workers
  • School nurse
  • School mentors
  • or you could phone childline 0800 11 11 

If someone’s self harm is of an immediate risk call 999

For more information about self-harm click here

Authored by Marie-Anne Mckee and Lesley Dougan

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