- It might not seem like it, but self-harm is a way of managing painful feelings. It is rarely attention seeking – but it can be really harmful and lead to serious injury.
- Hurting yourself can take many forms and isn’t always visible.
- Self-harm only provides temporary relief – seeking help can address the underlying issue in a less destructive way.
Self-harm or self-injury is when you inflict damage on yourself on purpose. People who harm themselves are not stupid, selfish, crazy or attention seekers– self harm is a way to cope with difficult feelings. That doesn’t mean it isn’t harmful. If you’re struggling and want to harm yourself, talk to someone. There is always a way forward.