These blogs are written by people who have personal experience of self-harming. By writing about the issue they aim to help breakdown the stereotypes and stigmatising ideas that can be associated with self harm.

If you are self-harming you should talk to you GP for help or call the Samaritans on 08457 90 90 90. You can find more information about what self harm is from Rethink Mental Illness, Mind and the NHS.


Self harm

Self-harm is when someone purposely hurts themselves, usually in order to cope with intense emotional distress. Self-harm isn’t a mental health problem, but can often be linked to mental distress[RG1]  or other mental health problems.

Everyone’s experience is unique and there is no one reason why someone may self-harm. For some people it can be linked to specific experience, but for others the reasons may be less clear.

Some of the reasons can include:

Personal stories about self harm

We have 82 stories on self harm

Being judged for my mental illness was so damaging

August 18, 2017

I was diagnosed with depression and anxiety when I was 16 years old and started counselling sessions. I was so ashamed of it, that I would lie about where I was going. I didn’t want people to know I was having counselling, in case they labelled me “crazy” or “insane”.

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