Here at SpunOut we recognise the importance of looking after our mental health, and how difficult it can be at times to deal with difficult emotions. Self harm is when someone deliberately hurts, cuts or injures themselves. For some people, self harm is a way of coping with difficult or overwhelming feelings but can often leave the person feeling worse and locked into a cycle of self harming.
From talking to mental health experts and young people who self harm, we know that a lack of understanding and misinformation is adding to the problem. Self harm often happens in secret with people being reluctant to tell anyone or seek help.
#KnowSelfHarm campaign 2016
The #KnowSelfHarm campaign challenges the common myths and misconceptions out there so people can better understand self harm. The campaign also covers ways for people to manage their self harm, including healthier ways of coping, and signposts how and where people can get help.
On our website you will find a wide variety of content on self harm – whether you self-harm, know someone who does, or just want to better understand the issue.
Check out more of our self harm content below
- What is Self Harm?
- Dealing with Difficult Emotions
- Myths about Self Harm
- Self Harm distraction techniques
- How to have a conversation about your mental health
- My girlfriend/boyfriend self harms
- Telling someone you self harm
- Attending your GP for self harm
- Dealing with urges to self harm
- Helping a friend or family member stop self harming