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Self-Harm

Self-harm describes any act where a person deliberately and intentionally injures themselves, usually without suicidal intent. It can take many forms, such as cutting, burning, punching, or bruising. Sometimes this is an attempt to get help or attention, sometimes an effort to feel something—anything—instead of being dissociated, and sometimes people self-harm to gain a sense of power or self-control. With attention and guidance, it is possible to replace these harmful habits and desires with much more effective coping strategies.

If you or someone you know is in immediate need of support, please seek professional help. If you are in crisis, here are some immediate free resources.

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Why Do Teens Cut Themselves? | Part 2

In an earlier video, Dr. Sarah Garwood discussed why teens cut themselves and how parents can recognize the warning signs. In this follow-up video, Dr. Garwood speaks directly to kids and teens about how to get help if you or someone you know is cutting or hurting themselves.

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What Not to Do If a Child Is Self Harming

This video provides advice and ideas for concerned parents, teachers or other adults who want to know what they should and should not say and do if a child or young person discloses that they have been self-harming.

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Self Harm: Why Do Teenagers Do It? - Newsnight

The number of teenagers self-harming - cutting or poisoning themselves - is increasing at a startling rate according to new figures prepared for the World Health Organisation. Tanya Byron is a clinical psychologist and author of the Skeleton Cupboard.

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The information offered here is not a substitute for professional advice. Please proceed with care and caution.

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