What is self-harm?
Self-harm is when you hurt yourself as a way of coping with difficult or overwhelming feelings, memories or experiences.
There are many forms of self-harm.
Some of them include injuring yourself in a physical way such as cutting, burning or scratching your skin. It can also include injuring yourself by hitting yourself or punching walls, poisoning yourself or overdosing.
Self-harm can also be less obvious such as putting yourself in risky situations, excessive exercise, over-eating or under-eating.
Self-harm can make you feel better and might enable you to deal with difficult feelings temporarily or for a short while.
However, self-harm can also bring up difficult feelings and might make you feel worse. You may feel embarrassed or ashamed of it.
You may be worried about other people judging or worrying about you. You may even fear that they ask you to stop self-harming immediately.
These and other worries might mean that you keep your self-harm hidden from anyone. This is a common reaction.