What is Self Harm?

Self-harm (SH) or deliberate self-harm (DSH) includes self-injury (SI) and self-poisoning and is defined as the intentional, direct injuring of one's own body, most often done without suicidal intentions.

The most common form of self-harm is skin-cutting but self-harm also covers a wide range of behaviors including, but not limited to, burning, scratching, banging or hitting body parts, interfering with wound healing (dermatillomania), hair-pulling (trichotillomania) and the ingestion of toxic substances or objects. Behaviours associated with substance abuse and eating disorders are usually not considered self-harm because the resulting tissue damage is ordinarily an unintentional side effect.


How I can help with Self Harm

Anxiety need not be a lifelong condition which defines you.

Generating alternative behaviours that you can engage in instead of harming yourself is one successful behavioural method that can be employed. Other techniques aimed at keeping busy may include keeping a journal, taking a walk, participating in sports or exercise or being around friends when the sufferer has the urge to harm themselves. Help is readily available and you can figure out how to be nicer to yourself with skilled and empathic counselling.