Frequently Asked Questions

Research has shown there is a strong relationship between self-harm and suicide, but in most cases, people who self-harm are not trying to end their life. The emotional distress which leads a person to self-harm could lead them to suicide and therefore should be taken seriously.

Although a commonly held stereotype this is not true and an unhelpful way to perceive the person self-harming. Many people who self-harm go to great lengths to keep it a secret from others due to feelings of shame or embarrassment. Opening up to someone about self-harming behaviour takes a lot of courage.

Self-harm can affect anyone of any age and any gender. Research has shown that adolescents are more likely to self-harm than at any other age but this does not mean that adults don’t self-harm. Whilst self-harm in females is more common than in males, it is also recognised that males may self-harm in less obvious ways and might be less likely to seek help.

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