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Self Harm

What is self harm?
Self harm is where a young person causes deliberate injuries to themselves.  It not an illness but a behaviour.  It is often an associated with our mental health issues.

They do this to cope with or to communicate emotional distress and to feel something when they feel numb.
What forms can self harm take?
It has many different forms including;
Hitting themselves
Cutting or burning skin
Scratching themselves
Poisoning themselves
Interfering with the healing of a wound they have
What are the possible signs of self harming? 
Blood stains on their clothing, towels, bedding or on tissues
Unexplained injuries
Unexplained accidents
Low self-esteem
Mood swings
Being irritable 
Keeping themselves covered up even on hot days
Avoiding having to reveal their bodies i.e. swimming, getting changed with others
Having sharp implements in their room or in their belongings
Having relationship issues with friends
Isolating themselves
Poor performance in their school work and exams
Their loss of interest in their favourite things they loved to do i.e. hobbies or sports

Thing to remember
This is not attention seeking
It happens to all genders
Many will have kept it hidden for years
They could be using it to manage suicidal feelings
It could be a cry for help
It  often occurs with other health issues such as depression
Support & Useful Websites
Is a user led organisation that provides a range of services about self harm offering support 

To raise awareness, build confidence and skills, and provide support to manage young people who present with self harm and suicidal behaviours.

Self-harm is difficult to talk about but it’s a common problem and you can beat it. Find out what self-harm means and what to do if you think you’re affected by it.

User led charity aims to uide people who hurt themselves towards new ways of coping.

Alumina is a free, online 7 week course for young people struggling with self-harm. Each course has up to 8 young people, all accessing the sessions from their own phones, tablets or laptops across the UK.

The courses take place on different evenings of the week and are run by friendly, trained counsellors and volunteer youth workers. 

You don’t need an adult to refer you or sign you up, and no-one will see or hear you during the sessions – you’ll just join in via the chatbox. We want to help you to find your next steps towards recovery, wherever you are on your journey.
The urge to self harm is like a wave
It feels the most powerful when you start wanting to do it.
Learn to ride the wave with the free Calm Harm app using these activities:
Comfort, Distract, Express Yourself, Release, Random and Breathe.
When you ride the wave, the urge to self-harm will fade.
Helping users resist the urge to self harm.