If you or one of your friends are self-harming, then you need urgent help now.
Self-harm or self-injury is when someone does something to damage their own body and hurts themselves on purpose. It can go on for years and is more common than most people realise.
For some people self-harm is part of coping with difficult feelings. Some people may only self-harm once, while others may continue to self-harm over a long period of time. Self-harming behaviour can be difficult to stop, but there’s lots of help available.
If this is affecting you or someone you care about, try and talk to an adult you trust. This could be a family member, a school nurse, teacher or youth leader.
For more information, these websites are a great place to start.
- YoungMinds is the UK’s leading charity championing the wellbeing and mental health of young people.
- Youth Mental Health. An information hub offering young people advice and help on mental health problems including depression, anxiety and stress.
- Self harm: spotting the signs, identifying risks and helping someone at risk.
- National self harm network – for support and information.