Self-harm is a deliberate attempt at hurting one’s body tissue without any suicidal intent. Individuals harm themselves to deal with emotional distress, negative feelings like shame and guilt, and even as a way to cope with suicidal ideation.
Scope of the Problem
Some statistics to look at:
of all people will self-harm during their lifetime
is the average age of the first incident of self-harm.
of all people who engage in self-harm will seek help from friends and family instead of professionals.
Sometimes, people self-harm to reduce emotional pain resulting from negative feelings like guilt, shame, and loneliness. Remember that it’s okay for people to feel this way and it’s important for us to support them to reduce the risk of harm by encouraging them to seek help.
Caring for someone engaging in self-harm
Signs of self-harm behaviour
Caring for people engaging in NSSI
A guide to helping someone who is self-harming
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