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What is Self-Harm?

When life feels out of control, some people hurt themselves on purpose as a way to cope with pain and anger. It’s not the same as a suicide attempt—when someone tries to end their own life—but it is dangerous.

Although painful, self-harm can sometimes bring a quick moment of calm and a release of tension, which can be an addictive sensation. The scars last much longer than the moment of relief, which is often followed by even more intense feelings of guilt and shame than before.

The most common forms of self-harm are cutting or burning, biting, piercing skin, or even breaking bones. It’s sometimes seen as a cry for help—and should be taken seriously. Most of the time, self-harm (a.k.a. self-injury) is a sign of a more serious issue like depression or an eating disorder.

What are the warning signs?

  • Scars from burns or cuts
  • Bruises or other wounds
  • Broken bones
  • Carrying around sharp objects, like a knife, when you wouldn’t normally need it
  • Wearing clothing to hide scars
  • Claiming to have frequent accidents or mishaps
  • Spending a great deal of time alone
  • Feeling unstable or impulsive
  • Feeling helplessness, hopelessness or worthlessness

How can I get help?

Anytime you are in crisis you can call or chat with the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

Self-harm is a warning sign of a larger issue such as anxiety or depression. Speaking with a therapist can help you work through your feelings in a healthy way. HelpPRO and Psychology Today can help you find a mental health pro in your area.

If you want to get connected to mental health treatment center in your area, use the Substance Abuse Treatment Facility Locator or call 1-800-662-4357.

Comments

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  • Miah

    Miah Miah

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    What do you do if a therapist doesn’t help you the way that you think you need help? Would it be okay to just talk to your pastor or youth group leader about the self harm that you do to yourself?

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    • You Matter

      No matter what you are going through hurting yourself is never the answer. The Lifeline is here for anyone struggling with difficult emotions. You do not need to be thinking about suicide to call us. The call is free and confidential, so don’t hesitate to contact us at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Your life matters!

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    • Rhea

      Rhea Rhea

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      My therapist made things worse. I think a pastor or youth group leader, someone you know you can trust, is a better alternative.

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      • You Matter

        please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK. The call is free and confidential, and crisis workers are there 24/7 to assist you.

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  • maddie

    maddie maddie

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    What do you do if you dont want to talk to someone over the phone about self harm

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    • You Matter

      The Lifeline does offer chat based services accessible on our main website http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org These services are available 24/7. If you have trouble connecting with a chat counselor (the queues can be long) don’t hesitate to call us at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Your life matters!

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  • Jolene

    Jolene Jolene

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    What if you don’t want to get involved with talking about self harm because you’re afraid to start drama. My parents don’t believe me when I say I need help. I just need someone to help me. My brother is autistic and we spend a lot of money on him. I don’t know what to do.

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    • You Matter

      Jolene No matter what you are going through hurting yourself is never the answer. The Lifeline is here for anyone struggling with difficult emotions. You do not need to be thinking about suicide to call us. The call is free and confidential, so don’t hesitate to contact us at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Your life matters

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  • Kris

    Kris Kris

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    What do I do if I want to relapse?

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    • You Matter

      It sounds like you have been through a lot. The Lifeline is here for you 24/5/365 at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), don’t hesitate to call us, your life matters!

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  • amy

    amy amy

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    my parents don’t treat me the same as my sister, who has already had depression. They don’t know about me having depression and hurting myself, but i’m scared to go to them for help.

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    • You Matter

      Amy, we can sense how overwhelming it is for your parents not treating you the same as your sister and we know it can be scary to reach out and know that, we are here 24/7 if you need someone to talk to and listen at the LIFELINE 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

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