Self Harm Online Support Services
Do you feel regularly overwhelmed by your own emotions? Perhaps you find that inflicting some kind of damage to yourself helps you cope?
Self-harm is often linked with anxiety, trauma, or depression, and can be a form of self-punishment for certain behaviours or thoughts. If you’re in intense emotional pain, self-harming may feel like a release, or you might use it as a way to make yourself feel alive if you feel numb inside.
Self-harm can lead to thoughts of suicide, so you must seek some help to talk through your feelings.
Am I self-harming?
It seems like an odd question: surely someone would know if they’re self-harming. But self-harm manifests in a range of ways – some subtle; some very obvious.
Examples of self-harm include:
- Scratching or cutting your skin
- Scalding or burning yourself
- Banging your head or hitting yourself
- Throwing your body against hard objects (such as walls)
- Punching things (that injures your own body)
- Sticking or injecting objects into your skin
- Preventing wounds from healing
- Taking toxic chemicals or overdosing on prescription/over-the-counter drugs
Self-harming may appear to provide temporary relief, but the act doesn’t solve the problem, can lead to severe damage to your body and feelings of guilt and shame.
While self-harm isn’t necessarily a symptom of suicidal thoughts, there is a strong correlation between people who commit suicide and those that self-harm.
I have been self-harming
If you feel that you’ve been self-harming or have feelings that might lead to self-harm, then it could be useful to speak to somebody who understands how you feel.
Therapy can be effective in overcoming self-harm behaviours, but it’s also useful to confide in your GP who can provide additional support.
The most important thing to remember is that you’re not on your own. Therapy can help you develop a range of coping strategies that help you manage your feelings more positively.