What is self harm?
“Self-harm is a way of dealing with very difficult feelings that build up inside. People deal with these feelings in various ways”- Young Minds.
Some of the ways in which people self-harm include:
- Cutting or burning themselves
- Hitting or biting themselves
- Hitting walls or other hard objects
- Pulling out their hair
- Taking overdoses.
Why do people self harm?
Young people often can’t explain or figure out why they self-harm. The reasons can be very complicated. Many people who self-harm see their behaviour as a way of surviving. They may be able to cope better with physical pain than with terrible emotional pain.For more information about self harm visit the TEWV CAMHS website
Getting More Help
Talking to family and friends about your worries can help you feel more supported. You might want to talk to someone outside the family like a GP, teacher or mentor at school, or even a friend’s parent. Choose someone you trust and if you find it difficult to talk about how you are feeling, you could write them a letter or send them a text. Support is also available through Childline, Compass BUZZ, Kooth and Recovery College Online.
Getting Urgent Help
If you’ve seriously injured yourself or taken an overdose call 999 or get immediate medical advice from NHS 111.
If you are in a crisis and feel like you can’t cope, speak to somebody straight away. Search below for help or see the Urgent Help page for contact details for the North Yorkshire single point of access Crisis Service.