Self-harm and young people booklet

When a person engages in self-harm (also known as self-injury) they inflict physical harm upon themselves. This behaviour is usually done in secret.

booklet cover Some examples are cutting, burning, biting or hitting your body, pulling out hair or scratching and picking at sores.

Why would someone self-harm?

Most commonly, self-harm is a behaviour used to cope with difficult or painful feelings.

Self-harm is not necessarily a suicide attempt. Engaging in self-harm may not mean that someone wants to die.

Most commonly, self-harm is a behaviour used to cope with difficult or painful feelings.

If you learn that your son or daughter is engaging in self-harm

Don’t panic. Let them know you support them.

ReachOut Ireland, in conjunction with the HSE, have created this information booklet for parents and concerned adults.

Find out more about supporting someone who is engaging in self-harm.

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