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What is self harm?

Why do people harm themselves?

There are no fixed rules about why people self harm. For some people, it can be linked to specific experiences and be a way of dealing with something that is happening now or that happened in the past. For others, it is less clear. If you don’t understand the reasons for your self harm, it’s important to remind yourself that this is ok, and you don’t need to know this in order to ask for help.

Difficult experiences can cause someone to self harm.  Common causes include:

  • Bullying

  • Sexual, physical or emotional abuse

  • Relationships

  • School and exams

  • Divorce

  • Bereavement

  • Illness

  • Domestic abuse

  • Confusion about feelings and sexuality

For further information about self harm visit:

:: coping with self harm - ChildLine

:: self harm - NHS