The term ‘self-harm’ is used to describe a range of things that people do to themselves in a deliberate way with the intent of looking for some kind an emotional release. People who self-harm display this in a variety of different behaviours including cutting, burning, hair pulling, head banging, swallowing poisonous substances or foreign objects, alcohol abuse, starvation, binge-eating, vomiting, picking wounds, biting one’s skin and breaking one’s own bones.
There is no such thing as a typical young person who self-harms as anyone can turn to self harming behaviour, however, there are some groups who may be more at risk of self-harm than others, these include: looked after young people, people in prison, young Asian women, Lesbian Gay Bi-sexual and Transgender young people and young people with learning disabilities. The reasons as to why a young person self-harms are unique to each individual. It is important to remember that self harm is an immediate response when a person is struggling to cope with feelings such as stress, frustration, anger, shame, and hate. However, self-harm is also a potential response to an underlying problem, which still remains unresolved, with the result being feelings of emotional distress including shame, hate and frustration.
For further information on learning more about what self harm is and how to cope with and get support with self harm please see links or call to chat to a worker on 01382 206060.