Its really important to manage self-harm early because it can become habitual and increase in intensity. The good news is that there are lots of effective ways to make change.
Some myths about self-harm
- “Self-harm is attention seeking”
- ”I can’t admit to self-harming, my friends will think I’m crazy”
- “People who self-harm can stop easily if they want to”
- “My parents will say it’s a teenage thing and that I will grow out of it I”
- “If I’m not wounding myself too much it’s no big deal ”
- “I can’t see a doctor they will say I’m crazy”
- “My parents will be disappointed in me”
- “What’s the point? Nothing helps!”
- “Self-harm is very private and personal. It is an expression of stress or distress and needs specialist attention.”
- “No one will think you are crazy. Most people will confirm they have experienced similar feelings, even if they haven’t carried out the action”.
- “Self-harm doesn’t only affect teenagers. It is a sign that is worthy of attention.”
- “It’s not necessarily the seriousness of the injury but the fact the injury is happening in the first place that’s important.”
- “Self-harm is a coping strategy to distress that is known to doctors and is treatable. Your doctor will not treat you as doing something crazy. ”
- “There are lots of effective treatments for the causes of self-harm. Take steps to do something about it – there is a point!”