There are many forms of self-harm, including cutting or burning skin, hitting oneself, or lashing out physically by punching and things. Sometimes it is less obvious and comes out as destructive behaviour such as reckless driving, binge drinking, drug abuse, and unsafe sex.
While self-harm can result in serious injuries, a person who self-harms is not trying to commit suicide.
If you know a friend or family member who is self-harming, you can help them.
Check out the resources below to learn how to help, manage and understand mental health and substance use problems. By speaking to a trusted adult, you can help get the person the help they need. Here are some tips on how you can help someone who is self-harming:
- Show them concern for their well-being: Ask how they’re feeling, if anything is bothering them and if they would be able to talk about it with your or someone else.
- Celebrate any little changes they make: Encourage them to make progress in getting them out of the negative state-of-mind they may be in.
- Support them, even if they try to hide their behaviour: Show that you care and want what’s best for them. Make them at ease and more comfortable with opening up about what they’re going through.
- Talk to a trusted adult: It's important you get the support you need and it can sometimes be difficult to navigate these issues on your own. Support is available for these types of issues and you don’t have to deal with them on your own.