Self-harm is more common than you thinkā€¦

10% of young people self-harm at some point....but why?

The NHS suggests that people who self-harm do it to help them cope with overwhelming emotional issues. These could be caused by social problems such as: being bullied, exam stress, difficult relationships with family or friends and cultural experiences. Trauma is another cause of self-harm such as: physical or sexual abuse, death of a close family member or friend or having a miscarriage. Lastly, psychological causes which results in having repeated thoughts or voices of people telling them to self-harm.

These issues can lead to build-up of intense feelings of anger, guilt or self-hatred. But most are not alone, there is always someone to talk to for help and support...don't be afraid to ask!

If you think a friend or relative is self-harming look out for the following signs:

  • Unexplained cuts or bruises usually on the wrist, arms, thighs and chest
  • Keeping themselves fully covered at all times, even in hot weather 
  • Expressing a wish to punish themselves
  • Becoming very withdrawn and not speaking to others
  • Changing in eating habits or being secretive about eating
  • Any unusual weight loss or weight gain 
  • Signs of low-esteem 
  • Signs of depression, or lack of motivation/interest in anything 
  • Signs of alcohol or drugs misuse

People who self-harm or appear to have many of the signs listed above, can seriously hurt themselves so it's important to ask for help or speak to your GP.....don't be afraid, there is always a solution to every problem and ears to reduce your fear! :)

The organisations listed below, offer support and advice for people who self-ham, as well as your friends and families....

  • Samaritans- call: 116 123 (open 24 hours a day), email: 
  • Mind - call: 0300 123 3393 or text: 86463 (9am-6pm on weekdays) 
  • Harmless - email: 
  • National Self Harm Network forums: 
  • Young Minds Parents Helpline - call: 0808 802 5544 (9.30am-4pm on weekdays)

"I don't want to die, I just want the pain to stop... The only way I can get some relief from this emotional pain is by hurting myself..."

Hurting yourself is NOT the solution....ask for help and support TODAY

The link below is an example of an inspired person who has gone through a lot, but had courage to speak up and ask for help and through and take some's never too late