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Self-harm

Self-harm is when somebody intentionally damages or injures their body. It's usually a way of coping with or expressing overwhelming emotional distress.


How can you help yourself?

If you are thinking about stopping or reducing your self-harm, finding ways of helping yourself can feel very empowering.

There is no quick fix for self-harm and making changes can take time and be difficult at times. It is common to make some progress and then get back into old habits again. If this happens to you, remind yourself that you haven't failed – it is just part of the process.

  • Work out your patterns 
  • Learn to recognise the triggers
  • Learn to recognise urges
  • Distract from the urges
  • Reach out for support

Mind.org.uk has some useful guidance about how you can help yourself and find support

 

Dear Diary: A Self Harm Story

Courtesy of www.fixers.org.uk
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