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Skip to main content Good mental health for all View our work in Scotland , Wales and Northern Ireland Search form Search Our Work Get Involved Your Mental Health Publications Newsletter Donate Home » Publications » The truth about self-harm The truth about self-harm Order Printed Copies Download for free (106.24 KB) Related content Self-harm This booklet aims to help you understand more about self-harm and what to do if you are worried about yourself or someone else. It explains what self-harm is, what to do if you or someone you know is self- harming, and how to get help. All of the information here is based on the findings of the National Inquiry into Self-harm among young people. The Inquiry was carried out by two charities, The Mental Health Foundation and The Camelot Foundation. The Inquiry panel heard evidence from many hundreds of people including young people who self-harm, or have self-harmed in the past, and those who work with or care about them. This booklet is based on what they said. For more information about the National Inquiry, and a full list of contributors, see the Truth Hurts report . We realise that this does not cover the whole area of self-harm, as it is based on a report that focusses on self-harm among young people. For more information on this topic, visit our A-Z page . Search
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Introduction Self-harm is very common and affects more people than you might think. 10% of young people self-harm [1] This means it’s likely that at least two young people in every secondary school classroom have self- harmed at some time. [2] If you are self-harming, you are not alone – lots of information and support is available. Remember, self-harm isn’t a suicide attempt or a cry for attention. However, it can be a way for some people to cope with overwhelming and distressing thoughts or feelings. Self-harm should be taken seriously, whatever the reason behind it. It is possible to live without self-harm. It is important to know that you won’t always feel the way you do now. With the right help and support most people who self-harm can and do fully recover. What is self-harm? Self-harm describes any behaviour where someone causes harm to themselves, usually as a way to help cope with difficult or distressing thoughts and feelings [3]. It most frequently takes the form of cutting, burning or non-lethal overdoses. However, it can also be any behaviour that causes injury - no matter how minor, or high-risk behaviours [4]. Basically, any behaviour that that causes harm or injury to someone as a way to deal with difficult emotions can be seen as self-harm. The self-harm cycle Self-harm usually starts as a way to relieve the build-up of pressure from distressing thoughts and feelings. This might give temporary relief from the emotional pain the person is feeling. It’s important to know that this relief is only temporary because the underlying reasons still remain. Soon after, feelings of guilt and shame might follow, which can continue the cycle. [5]
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