Do you need help with feelings that lead to Self-Harm

You may wonder why you feel the need to self-harm and people do it for a variety of reasons. It can be used as a coping strategy to deal with unresolved and unexpressed feelings.

Young people sometimes describe self-harm as a way to:-
Divert emotional pain towards physical pain to reduce overwhelming thoughts.
Start to feel something and reduce numbness
To feel in control
Let others know the extent of their distress

Some common causes of self-harm are:

Anger, anxiety, abuse, being bullied, bereavement, family relationship difficulties, depression, confusion about sexuality, arguing with friends, relationship break-up or exam stress.

If you are feeling that life is not worth living, always speak to your Doctor.

How can I help myself?

Speak to someone you trust: Parent, School teacher/counsellor. Speaking to a friend might help but they might struggle to understand, if they have not experienced self-harm themselves.

Visit your Doctor. They may offer you the opportunity to seek support from someone who is trained to help.

Thinking about how feelings or experiences trigger the response that leads to self-harm.

Try wearing an elastic band on your wrist and snap it on your arm to distract you from the thought of wanting to cut.

Hold an ice cube in your hand. It can be painful but doesn’t leave a scar.

Look on support websites, below for more distraction techniques.

If you are still struggling, here are some other places you can get help.

Visit your Doctor
Call Colchester and Tendring Youth Enquiry Service (y.e.s) on 01206 710771
Health in Mind (16yrs and above) – tel:0300 3305455
Teentalk (In Clacton and Harwich) – 01255 504800 or 01255 240024
Childline – tel: 0800 1111
The Samaritans – tel:0845 7909090
Speak to your school college counsellor/pastoral care/mentor