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Self-Harm

Self-harm is more common than you might think, especially among young people. But there’s hope—many individuals can recover with the right help.

What Is Self-Harm?
Self-harm, or self-injury, means intentionally hurting oneself. It can take various forms, such as cutting, burning, pulling hair, or other methods. People often use self-harm as a way to cope with emotional pain.

Why People Self-Harm:

  • It’s a way to cope with overwhelming emotions.
  • It might provide temporary relief or a feeling of control.
  • It can stem from past trauma or abuse.

Mental health conditions like depression or anxiety can be linked to self-harm.

The Impact of Self-Harm:
Self-harm can lead to shame, guilt, and damage to relationships. While not the same as suicide, it should be taken seriously as a sign of emotional distress.

Getting Help:
Treatment is available. It usually involves therapy to develop healthier coping mechanisms. In some cases, medication may be prescribed. Different therapy types are tailored to individual needs.

Supporting Someone Who Self-Harms:
If you suspect someone is self-harming, approach them with care. Listen without judgment and encourage them to seek help, but avoid pressuring them to stop on their own.

Remember, self-harm is a sign of pain, and support is an important part of healing.