Why do people self-injure?2018-09-17T15:29:33+00:00

Why Do People Self-Injure?

People self-injure to:

  • Deal with uncomfortable or unwanted feelings;
  • Cope with grief, loss, violence or chronic illness;
  • Punish themselves or to express self-hatred or self-anger, or feelings of failure;
  • Cope with feelings of emptiness or numbness.
It’s important to remember that those who self-harm do not intend to end their lives, but it may be a sign that they need help. If you are worried about a friend, here’s what you can do.
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#105, 1040 – 7 Avenue SW
Calgary, AB T2P 3G9
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Tel: 403-297-1700
Fax: 403-270-3066
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Office Hours: Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

NOTE: The Canadian Mental Health Association – Calgary Region does not provide crisis services. If you are in immediate need of assistance contact the Distress Centre’s 24-hour Crisis Line at 403 266 HELP (4357).

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