What is Self-Injury?

People cope with difficult thoughts, feelings or situations in different ways. Self-injury, also known as self-harm or self-abuse, means that someone hurts themself on purpose but doesn’t intend to end their own life. When a person self-injures, they may be trying to cope with difficult or overwhelming thoughts or feelings.

Self-injury is not a mental illness, but it may be a sign that someone needs care and support. Sometimes, self-injury can be a sign of a mental health issue or a mental illness. If you or someone you know is self-injuring, there is help.
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How Can I Help Someone Who is Self-Injuring?

It’s a good idea to talk to someone you trust, like a parent, a teacher or school counsellor. There are also help lines you can call, like Kids Help Phone and websites that support youth. There are people you can talk to about whatever struggles you might be having.

If you are self-injuring, there is support. You are not alone.

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