Why people self-harm
There are lots of reasons why people self-harm. It could be because of feelings or thoughts that are difficult to deal with.
Some people self-harm because it feels like a way to release tension. It’s a physical pain you can deal with, rather than a feeling or emotion that can be hard to cope with.
Self-harm can also be used as a way of punishing yourself for something you feel bad about.
Sometimes people self-harm because they feel alone, angry or not good enough. Self-harm can be really personal and complicated, so it’s okay if you don’t know the reasons behind self-harm.
Some young people start self-harming after a stressful event, like being bullied or abused. It could also be a reaction to something like pressure to do well at school. It’s not always a really big thing that leads to self-harm. You might not even be sure why it started.
Whatever’s going on, Childline’s always here for you. Check out our techniques for coping with self-harm or talk to a counsellor if you need help right away.