Self harm means hurting yourself or treating yourself badly and is often used as a way of dealing with difficult feelings such as pain, feeling low, angry or feeing unloved. People self harm in different ways – the most familiar is cutting yourself, burning or harming your body. It is usually not the same thing as trying to kill yourself.
People describe different reasons for self harming – for some it may provide a temporary sense of relief from what’s bothering them, for others it can be a way of expressing what is difficult to put into words, or it may give the person a sense of control in their life. Some people find that it makes them feel worse but that they still feel the need to do it.
Counselling can help you work through what is troubling you in a safe space and eventually to find other ways of coping that are less harmful to you.