Self Harm

Self-harm refers to hurting oneself to relieve emotional pain or distress. The most common forms of this behavior are cutting and burning.

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11 Different Types of Self Harm

This video is to educate on the various types of self harm. (6:45 minutes)

The Journey into Self Harm

Personal stories from youth who have participated in self harm. (3:26 minutes)

Self Harm

This video highlights stories from teens who have self-harmed. (3:43 minutes)

A Movie About Self Harm

This video highlights a conversation between two teens who have participated in cutting. (12:06 minutes)

Friends Are Heroes | Self-harm Awareness

Whether you're self-harming, or are friends with someone who is - you are never alone. (2:37 minutes)

Self-harm, also called, self-injury, is the intentional harming of a person’s body.

It’s typically not meant as a suicide attempt, but is a coping mechanism to express and deal with emotional pain, anger, or frustration or maybe a way of proving to yourself that you are not invisible.

It happens across all genders, races, and ages. When people think of self-harm, most people gravitate towards cutting. However, self-injury includes a wide range of behaviors.

People who deliberately harm themselves have often had tough experiences or relationships in their lives.  They may have been bullied, lost someone close to them, been physically or sexually abused, or have experienced problems with family, school or peer groups.

Self-harm can become addictive because it temporarily helps – it allows the individual to express their feelings that they can’t put into words, which allows them to release the tension and pain.

Other self-harm resources:

  • To Write Love on Her Arms: For: All Ages | Website | Support | Help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury and suicidal thoughts.
  • Cornell Research Program on Self-Injury and Recovery: For: All Ages | PDF | Informative | Lists numerous distraction techniques and alternative coping skills for dealing with self-harm.
  • Help Guide on Cutting and Self-Harm: For: All Ages | PDF | Informative | Provides information on cutting and self-harm, including identifying triggers, finding new coping techniques, and how to support a loved one who cuts or self-harms.
  • Calm Harm: For: Teens | App | Service | Timed activities to help resist or manage self-harm urges with ability to log completed activities and tracks progress.