Have you began to Self Harm?


“I felt like I was worth nothing, so started cutting my arms with a razor. It was the only way I could make myself feel better and forget my problems.”

Self-harm is injuring yourself on purpose so you bleed, leave a scar, mark or bruise. More girls self-harm than boys and self-harm in young people  is most often through:

  • overdoses (self poisoning)
  • self-mutilation (e.g. cutting behaviours)
  • burning
  • scalding
  • banging heads or other body parts against walls
  • hair-pulling
  • biting

People self-harm for different reasons. Some people feel bad because they’re being bullied or abused and they say it helps make them feel a bit better. Some people begin to self harm due to living with domestic violence, or their parents splitting up. Click here to read some real life stories by young people on how self harm affected them and how they recovered.

Or they do it to show other people they’re unhappy and have other problems.

People who self-harm often don’t ask for help because they feel ashamed of doing it, but there is support out there.

Though Halton Young Addaction, Haltons Childrens Trust have made a video on Hidden Harm – a look at the effects of parental substance misuse and mental health issues on young people in Halton.  The video, ‘Invisible Scars’ can be accessed by clicking here.

If you want to chat online with someone about anything that’s worrying you click here to use the Childline chat that works like MSN messenger. This is for young people up to and including 19 years old.

Signs someone’s self-harming:

• They have cuts, bruises or burns which are unexplained.

• They wear clothes which keep injuries hidden even when it’s hot outside.

Are you self-harming?

• You don’t need to keep it a secret. Talk to someone you can trust.

• Write down in a diary how you feel when you want to self-harm.

• Keep wounds clean or they might make you ill.

Is your friend self-harming?

• Listen and let them talk.

• Let them know you’re there for them.

• Encourage them to see their GP, who will be able to get them some counselling. This will help them.

If you are having suicidal thoughts you must speak to someone immediately. If you are thinking of ending your life you must:

  • Contact your GP immediately, if the GP surgery is closed there will be a telephone message or your call will be diverted to the GP out of hours service.
  • Attend your local Accident and Emergency department
  • Phone the Samaritans on 08457 90 90 90
  • If you have already created a ‘keep safe plan’ please refer to this plan of who you feel is best to contact.


Below are different local and national services that can offer you support. They are a mixture of helplines, websites and places in your area that can help. 

Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

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