What is self harm?

Self-harm is where you hurt or injure yourself, for example:

  • cutting yourself
  • taking overdoses of tablets or medicines
  • not eating enough
  • scratching your skin to cause sores and scarring.

Self harm usually happens when you are trying to take control over something or feel that you deserved to be punished.


Useful links

There are several organisations who can help you to stop:


B-eat – beating eating disorders

Youthline: 0345 634 7650

Young Minds

Youth Access