Self Harming


Self-harm is most often described as a way to express or cope with emotional distress.

There are many possible causes of emotional distress. It's often a build-up of many smaller things that leads people to think about self-harm.

Some examples include:

  • being bullied
  • pressure at school or work
  • family arguments or relationship problems
  • money worries
  • low self esteem
  • struggling with depression, stress and anxiety 
  • confusion about sexuality
  • grief after bereavement and/ or loss 
  • physical or sexual abuse
  • being in contact with the criminal justice system
  • experiencing complex mental health difficulties that sometimes cause impulsive behaviour or difficulty controlling emotions, often due to past trauma
  • living with conditions such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or autism


Please explore the sources of information and support below 

MIND- Self Harm

SAMH Self Harm

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