Self Harm

Skin Picking, Cutting, Hair Pulling & Self Harm

What is self-harm?

Usually self-harm is defined as someone deliberately hurting themselves without wanting to die. Engaging in self-harm may not mean that someone wants to die. It is a behaviour that is used to cope with difficult or painful feelings. Most people start self-harming as a teenager or young adult. It can continue for many years and become a habit that is difficult to stop.

Examples of self-harm may include:

  • Cutting the skin with sharp objects
  • Burning the skin
  • Taking an overdose of medication or drinking poison
  • Hitting the body with fists or another object
  • Scratching or picking the skin, resulting in bleeding or welts
  • Punching walls or other objects
  • Pulling out hairs

Factors that may increase self-harm behaviour

People from all different backgrounds, lifestyles and ages may self-harm as a way of coping with problems, including men and women.

The following are some factors associated with self-harm:

  • A crisis or recent difficult life event (death of a loved one, relationship breakdown, difficulties at home or school, recent abuse or violence)
  • Depression, anxiety or another mental health issue
  • Misusing alcohol or drugs
  • Trauma or abuse in childhood

Are you ready to make a change?

You are very welcome to get in touch, for any enquiries or questions you may have, or to schedule an appointment.