What is self harm? #talkingisharmless
#talkingisharmlessSelf harm is often a very private and personal act, and many people who self harm struggle to approach others for help. To mark Self Harm Awareness Day, we wanted to do something to increase understanding and awareness around self harm, and to reduce stigma. We have created the hashtag #talkingisharmless, which we feel embodies our ethos that the most important thing is to talk about self harm.
This is the first of four #talkingisharmless articles, which we hope will raise awareness of self harm, debunk myths, and provide information on how to get help for self harm. You may also see our posters and #talkingisharmless plasters dotted around in various locations to promote awareness and conversation.
What is self harm?“I think that’s all a form of wanting to let go, of wanting to get out… It’s not something easily described or understood” – Marilyn Manson
Self harm is defined as any non-accidental, non-suicidal behaviour which causes damage to a person’s body with the intent of gaining an emotional release. Self harm is a coping strategy.
The term self harm can be used to describe a range of harmful behaviours including but not limited to: cutting, burning, hair pulling, overdosing, and risk taking behaviour e.g. risky sexual behaviour, or starting fights.