Self-harm…

Terms & definitions…

The following terms are used in connection with episodes when people harm themselves on purpose:

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  • Self-harm
  • Deliberate self-harm
  • Deliberate self-injury
  • Self-injury
  • Self-poisoning
  • Self-mutilation, etc.

“…the intentional, direct injuring of body tissue, most often done without suicidal intentions.”  (Source)

“Self-injury is a coping mechanism. An individual harms their physical self to deal with emotional pain, or to break feelings of numbness by arousing sensation.”  (Source)

The most common form of self-harm is skin cutting. However, there are lots of other forms including, but not limited to:

  • Ingesting poisons
  • Head-banging
  • Punching walls
  • Pulling hair out
  • Biting forearms
  • Picking at wounds
  • Swallowing objects

I found this chart from LifeSigns to be really helpful about the range of behaviours that constitute self-harm.

LifeSIGNS – Self-injury guidance & support network…

  • Self-injury awareness booklet – packed with information; everything from first aid to dealing with scars, from precursors to self-injury to treatments. Click the LifeSIGNS logo (below right) for lots more resources…

Young person’s perspective…

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Talking self-harm report…

  •  Talking self-harmYoung Minds and Cello Plc conducted research using a sample of over 2,400 young people – this is a good summary document with lots of information and insight to offer.

    Young Minds

In person support & online info…

Online support…

The Lancet…

National Institute for Health & Care Excellence (NICE)…

  • Quick reference guide – Short term physical & psychological management and secondary prevention of self-harm in primary & secondary care

Do you have resources to recommend?…

Please let me know if you have ideas, suggestion or resources to share that could help young people and carers deal with self-harm more effectively. You can write a comment below, email me here or leave a voicemail by clicking the green button on the far right of the screen – it’d be great to hear from you!…

 

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