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24/01/2013 21:45 

Infected from self harming 

I get told be careful when you self harm because it might get u infected. What gets you infected and how because I am confused ?
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Sam 

25/01/2013 10:43 

Hi

Thank you for your letter. This is something that a lot of young people who self-harm wonder about. It’s always really important to keep yourself as safe as possible if you are self-harming, so well done for asking the question!

First, I have to let you know that we can’t give you medical advice at ChildLine, because the counsellors and I are not medically trained, but I can give you some very general information.

Any injury you have can get infected by germs that live on the surface of your skin, or on the things you use to self-harm. Breaking the skin when you self-harm means that the bacteria has a chance to get into your body and grow there. That can cause infection, which can be really sore and lead to further skin damage and scarring, as well as possibly causing more serious health problems.

When the ChildLine counsellors ask people if they know how to take care of their wounds, they are really wondering if they are keeping them clean as possible (by making sure they don’t use dirty tools) and by cleaning the wounds when they have stopped bleeding. It’s also important to get urgent medical help if the bleeding doesn’t stop.

If you need more information about taking care of injuries, then you can visit NHS Choices. If you wanted to talk more about self-harm, then the counsellors at ChildLine would always be really pleased to support you. They understand that self-harm often results from coping with some really difficult feelings. Talking about those difficult feelings can be a good way of starting to feel more in control.  You can get in touch by calling 0800 1111, by logging in for a 1-2-1 chat or by sending an email.

I hope this helps,

Take care,

Sam

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Sam, My bestfriend started self harming, I did used to do it, but i spoke to a counciller who helped me. So i stopped. I try and get my bestfriend to stop. She does try, but she never completely stops....

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I'm lying to them

I'm lying to them

To Sam...
Before the Christmas Holidays, I told my form tutor that i was self harming partly due to bullying at school. Because of the school's policy, my parents had to be told, and that turned out okay. However now...

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Self harm help :)

Self harm help :)

I don't know what to do I have school injections soon . I don't want anyone to find I self harm because 1. My close friend self harms and if people found put I self harmed it would seem like...

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hi. I am considering self harming

hi. I am considering self harming

Dear sam. I need your help I am constantly feeling what is life to live when your constantly feeling depressed and not waned can you help me...
I have to my counsellor most things but what she wont know is...

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How do I get help?

How do I get help?

I'm 15 years old and struggle with severe depression, anxiety and self harm. Recently I told my school and my mum because I thought it would mean being able to get help, similar to my friend (who is in the...

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Should I tell someone that I have self harmed??

Should I tell someone that I have self harmed??

Hello, I have previously harmed, I told my mum and she was excepting about it, she made me promise that I wouldn't do it again, I didn't for a while, and then I started again. ...
This made me think...

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Self harm

Self harm

Hi,...
Im 14, and I have been self harming for about three months now on my hips and ankles where no one would see, but it has recently come into summer and my parents saw some of my cuts, but...

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Self Harm Awareness Day

Self Harm Awareness Day

Note: We have changed a few words in this letter but the meaning has not changed....

My name is M*,...
I am struggling through difficulties of my own at the moment. I have harmed myself recently all up one of my...

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its got worse.

its got worse.

help its got worse, im cutting and overdosing and i know i cant keep doing it but its like really hard to stop.

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self harm

self harm

Note: ...We have changed a few words in your letter but the meaning has not changed.......

my brest freind self harms and i found out recently that she has been doing it.I told her my biggest secret ever and...

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