Self harming is a serious issue and Samaritans have advice for anyone who is struggling with this. BBC Newsbeat has reported “a 20% rise in the number of 10 to 19-years-olds admitted to hospital because of self-harm injuries across England, Wales and Northern Ireland.” Click here to read their article in full.
Self-harming means hurting yourself on purpose. This can be cutting yourself, burning yourself, or even poisoning yourself.
Self-harm is not about trying to get other people’s attention. Usually, self-harm comes from feeling numb or empty, or wanting some relief. It might be linked to feeling depressed or anxious, low self-esteem, drug and alcohol abuse, relationship problems, bullying or worries about sexuality.