self; harm; self-harm; ;
Sometimes it can feel like life is just too hard and problems can seem overwhelming. It’s important to sort out the underlying problem – whether it is anxiety, depression or something else. If you are hurting yourself or thinking about suicide, then you need to let someone know so they can support you to cope. (Youth beyondblue - self harm and self injury).
The reasons people harm themselves are complicated. Self-harming usually does not mean that a person wants to commit suicide or that they are looking for attention. Usually when people harm themselves, they are suffering a great deal inside.
Self-harming alters their mood state (how they feel inside). Some people harm themselves because they feel disconnected and isolated from everybody, and hurting themselves is the only way they feel real or connected.
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