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Do people who self-harm just want attention?
05 Nov 2012

There are many myths about self-harm. Self-harm is where someone deliberately hurts themselves to deal with strong emotions and stress.

One myth is that people who self-harm do it for attention. Research suggests that about two thirds of young people who self-harm don't even tell anyone - so they can't be looking for attention.

Another myth is that people who self-harm do it because they have a mental illness - but in fact many young people who self-harm don't have a mental illness.

One more myth is that people who self-harm do it because they want to commit suicide. This is also false - most self-harmers do not attempt suicide.

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