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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.

To find out more about self-harm have a look at

Better Health  Channel (Victoria)

  • Self Harm
  • ReachOut

  • What is self-harm?
    • Headspace 

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