Self Harm is an umbrella term for any action, habit or behaviour which causes damage to your body.
It takes many different forms and as an individual act is hard to define. In general, self harm is the act of deliberately causing harm to oneself, either by causing a physical injury, by putting oneself in dangerous situations, or self-neglect.
Self Injury, also known as Self Harm, is a serious public health problem that results in significant social and economic burden to health services, particulary with respect to unscheduled hospital care to treat injury/overdose.
The UK has on of the highest self harm rates in the whole of Europe with 400 reported cases per 100,000 people.
Why do people self Harm?
There is no one common reason as to why people begin to self harm
Self Harm is a response to emotional distress often comes from feelings of loneliness and social isolation, from past abuse, PTSD, from feeling of guilt and perceived failure.
Many use as a way to:
Release - A person might self harm to release unbearable feelings such as grief, anger, or sadness when they're overwhelmed with the difficulties they face, or pain they feel inside.
Self Punish - Self harm is often used to 'cleanse' oneself of feeling of self hatred, shame, guilt and 'dirtiness'.
To Feel Real - it is easier sometimes ro deal with physical pain than with emotional pain. Ofter people feel physically disconnected from the world and will harm themeslves as a way to connect their minds and body.
Control - Self harming allows an amount of control in the lives of those who feel they have none.
SHARE provides a place for free self-expression, open and frank discussion about self harm, and a supportive and friendly environment in which to explore alternative coping strategies and techiques to reduce reliance on self harm.