Self Harm Info
This minisite has been designed to provide advice and guidance to help you understand and recover from Self Harm.
At some point through our life we are very likely to be faced with difficult situations and have to deal with their practical and emotional impact. During these periods we may sometimes feel we have neither control over what is happening nor the support or understanding of others. How we get through these times will be dependent on such things as the nature of the event, how traumatic it is, how long it lasts, what part we play in it and what we have learnt from similar situations in the past.
For some, with the opportunity to learn healthy coping and emotional management skills, these times can be testing but overcome without too great a negative and lasting impact. However, for others denied or limited in their opportunities to develop such personal resources, these events can have a greater and lasting significance. When an individual feels they are unable to change things, are full of emotions and have nobody to share them with, the result can be overwhelming.
Living with high levels of anxiety or depression for instance, with limited ways of managing them may for some people lead to thoughts of self-harm as a measure to survive these difficult times. As such, physical pain may be considered more manageable, preferable or ?comfortable? than emotional pain.
The information in this booklet is intended to help people understand the nature of self-harm and ways to help manage it. If you are someone who is currently self-harming, reading about various aspects of self-harm here might set off a desire to
harm yourself. If you are feeling vulnerable to such a trigger, we suggest you read the booklet in the company and support of others or wait until you feel less vulnerable.
Further information and guidance websites are listed below
Childline Tel: 0800 1111
NHS Direct Tel: 0845 4647
British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) Tel: 01455 883 300
Parents Information Service Tel: 0808 802 5544
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