Self-harm affects about 1 in 6 young people but it can also affect adults and younger children.
NHS UK describes self harm as when somebody intentionally damages or injures their body, usually as a way of coping with or expressing overwhelming emotional distress. In a lot of cases, self-harm remains a secretive behaviour that can go on for a long time without being discovered. It is often linked to Anxiety and Depression.
Self-harm can involve:
Hitting or scratching
Swallowing toxic substances or objects.
Treatment for people who self-harm often involves seeing a therapist to talk about their thoughts, feelings, relationships and behaviour, and how these are all linked. They can also teach coping strategies to help prevent further episodes of self-harm. Sometimes the best treatment for self-harm is treatment of an underlying mental illness, which may be with talking therapy and/or medication.
If you or someone you know is self-harming, your/their GP should be the first point of call for help. For a list of GP’s in the local area please click here.
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