Why do people self-harm?
- To cope with overwhelming and painful feelings of sadness, despair and hopelessness.
- To relieve difficult feelings or to provide a distraction from them.
- To feel and gain a sense of control when they may feel no control over other areas of their life.
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How do I stop self-harming?
First, you don’t have to cope on your own. When self-harming becomes a way of coping with stress its a sign that there are problems and worries in your life that need attention. You might need someone else to support you to think about what is upsetting you and how it can be resolved or managed.
You might like to stop self-harming but find it scary to think about, especially if you’re not sure how else you will cope with what is happening in your life. Stopping can be a gradual process, you don’t have to stop immediately.
It can be a big step to talk to someone else about it if you’ve always kept it secret in the past, but sharing your worries with someone you can trust can make everything feel more manageable in the the long-run.