Self-harm can be really hard to understand but it is a lot more common than some people think. Very often it is hidden and secretive and someone can be harming him or herself for a long time before they go to get help.
We all get stressed and feel low at times. When we feel like that, we have to find ways to cope with our feelings.
It is good to try to cope with stress and other difficult emotions in positive ways. Sometimes people don’t know how to do this, so they use self-harm as a way of coping with the difficult feelings that get bottled up over time.
It’s 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.
You’ll find advice on what steps you can take to manage self harm at http://www.stem4.org.uk/self-harm/what-to-do-to-help/4-teens/ and you’ll find the Calm Harm app at Free to download from the App Store or Google Play.