What is self-harm?

Self-harm refers to the intentional act of causing short or long-term harm to our body. Self-harm can take a variety of forms which can include, scratching, cutting, biting, picking or burning. Some of the most common areas of the body that are harmed are arms, wrists, thighs, head and chest. As well as inflicting an injury or direct harm to yourself, it can include experiencing difficulties with drugs or alcohol, eating disorders or deliberately putting yourself in dangerous situations or taking life-endangering risks.

Self-harm, also called nonsuicidal self-injury (NSSI) has been linked to depression and mood disorders. Self-harming behaviour can sometimes be associated with suicidal ideation.

Self-harm is normally a result of someone trying to cope with overwhelming difficult emotions, memories or situations.

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