Self- harm

Self-harm is intentionally inflicting physical harm on yourself to cope with emotional pain, stress, or overwhelming negative emotions.
This harmful behaviour can include:
  • Cutting: Intentionally cutting your skin with sharp objects, like knives or razors.
  • Burning: Burning your skin with cigarettes, lighters, or hot objects.
  • Hair Pulling (Trichotillomania): Compulsively pulling out your own hair, like eyelashes or eyebrows.
  • Biting: Biting your own skin, causing bruises, cuts, or broken skin.
  • Head-Banging: Repeatedly hitting your head against a hard surface, such as a wall or floor.
  • Scratching: Scratching your skin with your nails or objects leading to wounds and scars.
  • Punching or Hitting: Punch or hit yourself to cause bruises or injury.
  • Bone Breaking: In extreme cases, attempting to break your own bones.
  • Ingesting Harmful Substances: Intentionally consuming toxic or harmful substances.
Self-harm is often a sign of underlying psychological distress and can be a way to temporarily alleviate emotional pain or regain a sense of control over feelings. Understanding the reasons behind self-harm and seeking appropriate psychological help is crucial if you engage in this behaviour to address the root causes and find healthier coping mechanisms. If you or someone you know is struggling with self-harm, please contact us for help and assistance.

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