Posted 14th February 2018.
The charity Mind describes self-harm as:
When you hurt yourself as a way of dealing with very difficult feelings, painful memories or overwhelming situations and experiences. Some people have described self-harm as a way to:
After self-harming you may feel a short-term sense of release, but the cause of your distress is unlikely to have gone away. Self-harm can also bring up very difficult emotions and could make you feel worse.
Even though there are always reasons underneath someone hurting themselves, it is important to know that self-harm does carry risks. Once you have started to depend on self-harm, it can take a long time to stop.
Self-harm doesn’t just have to be cutting, it can come in a variety of different forms such as hair pulling and excessive exercise. This video created by Mind shows a group of people discussing their experience of self-harm, what causes it, how it feels and how they think people can help.