Self-harm is when somebody purposely hurts or damages their body because of urges they experience; – this is often (but not always) in the form of self-injury.
Although self-harm is not considered a mental illness, there are solid links between mental illness and self-harming behaviour.
Self-harm often creates a short-term anxiety reduction but is a ‘Pressure Pot’ chronic cycle, actually creating more problems in the longer term.
There are lots of different methods to self-harm.
Sometimes people who self-harm use one particular way or sometimes use a mix of methods. Typical forms of self-harm include; cutting, scratching, not allowing wounds to heal, biting, burning or purposefully overdosing. There are strong links between substance use and self-harm.
This video shows a lived experience of self-harm: