Self-harm is a common behaviour which is usually a signal of a deeper problem and emotional distress. Feelings of anxiety, depression, stress or bullying can lead to self-harm. Sometimes hurting yourself can feel like the only way to let those feelings out but there are healthy coping strategies which can help you break the cycle.

It may feel like no-one understands why you self-harm. Many people often self-harm in private due to feelings of shame or to stop anyone finding out. Yet it is important that you reach out and get the help and support you need. It can be difficult talking to someone you trust about self-harm. Follow the NHS and/ or The Mix link(s) for some conversation guidance that might help you begin a dialogue about how you are feeling and what you are doing as a result.

Taking the first step can help you realise you are making positive changes to your life and talking to someone can make you feel less alone. It’s important to talk to your GP privately. They can refer you to the right people for treatment confidentially. Your GP can also treat your injuries or refer you to hospital to be treated by a doctor or nurse who is trained to work with children and young people who self-harm.

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