Self-harm and self injury

People define self-harm in lots of different ways. Usually self-harm is defined as someone deliberately hurting themselves without wanting to die. It is sometimes called deliberate self-injury or non-suicidal self-injury. Engaging in self-harm may not mean that someone wants to die. It is a behaviour that is used to cope with difficult or painful feelings.” (Lifeline Australia)

If you are helping a person who is engaging in self-harm, then you can follow the Mental Health First Aid Non-Suicidal Self Injury guidelines.

Some other sources of good information includes:

Center for Young Womens health – Self Harm

Kids Health –What is cutting

Youth Beyond Blue – Self-harm and self-injury



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