Some young people self harm a lot. Some do it just once or a few
times. If you self harm, there are lots of people who can help
you understand why you feel the need to self harm and how to
Why do people self harm
For some people it is part of coping with a problem and they
stop once the problem is resolved.
It's a way for some young people to have some control over their
bodies when they feel they can't cope with other things going on
Some young people may start to self harm as a way of dealing
with the problems and pressures of everyday life - like looking a
certain way, pressure to fit in or doing well at school.
Young people who self harm may have low self esteem. For some
this is linked to how they think they look, eating disorders, or
Getting help if you are self harming
It can be hard to get help and you might feel these are
stopping you from getting help -
- You feel too ashamed or bad about yourself
- you feel worried that who you tell will be shocked or angry
- you’re frightened people might think you’re mad, suicidal or
- you may find it hard to trust people
- you might be worried that you’re forced into treatment you
Remember you're not alone. Lots of other young people who self
harm have made the same decision - and many have been helped to
stop hurting themselves.
Where to get help
Self-harm is more and more common so your school will
almost certainly have experience of helping pupils and their
families. They will probably also have a school counsellor or
another member of staff that you trust and can go to during the day
if you feel like you're in danger of hurting yourself.
Your first step should be to speak to the person in charge of
child protection for the school. Then take it from there.
The family doctor can help in a few ways. They can
listen, as well as treating injuries and giving medical
advice. They could also refer you for specialist help if
you need it.
You can call our experienced counsellors whenever you need to on
0808 800 5000. They're used to dealing with the effects of
self-harm and your call can be made anonymously.
ChildLine has trained counsellors who can help your child to
talk about the emotions they may be feeling and which may be their
triggers to self-harm. It's a 24/7 service that can be reached on
YoungMinds, offer information to young people and children
about mental health and emotional wellbeing. Telephone number
0808 802 5544
SupportLine provides a confidential telephone helpline offering
emotional support to any individual on any issue. The Helpline is
primarily a preventative service and aims to support people before
they reach the point of crisis. It is particularly aimed at those
who are socially isolated, vulnerable, at risk groups and victims
of any form of abuse. Telephone number 01708 765200
Local agencies that may be able to help
Contact: CAN Young People Team Bedfordshire : 22 Grove Place,
Bedford MK40 3JJ : Tel: 01234 344 911
Self-Harm Leaflet: CAMHS have produced a leaflet about self-harm
with information, and coping strategies for those affected. The
leaflet is available for reprinting by anyone who wishes to have a