NSPCC Self Harming
Find out how to spot the signs and what you can do to help
Self-harm can take lots of physical forms, including cutting, burning, bruising, scratching, hair-pulling, poisoning and overdosing.
There are many reasons why children and young people try to hurt themselves. And once they start, it can become a compulsion. That's why it's so important to spot it as soon as possible and do everything you can to help.
Self-harm isn?t usually a suicide attempt or a cry for attention. Instead, it?s often a way for young people to release overwhelming emotions. It?s a way of coping. So whatever the reason, it should be taken seriously.
Posted February 14, 2017 at 8:28 AM