Self Harm

Self Harm

Many people describe hurting themselves as a way of dealing with difficult feelings inside. There are different ways in which people hurt themselves such as;

Hair pulling
Excessive scratching
Misusing drugs and alcohol

Some people describe the physical pain they feel as a way of relieving the pain they feel inside. It can be really difficult to talk about self harm with other people but it is important not to suffer in silence.

Helping Yourself:

Things that you can do to help yourself include:

  • Talk to someone you trust.
  • Distract yourself, go out, read or do anything that interests you.
  • Find another way to express your feelings such as squeezing ice cubes.
  • Write a diary about how you are feeling.

Young Minds suggest some questions you could ask yourself which may help you to begin to understand what is happening;

  • What was happening in your life when you first began harming yourself?
  • What seems to trigger the feeling now?
  • Are you always at a certain place or with a certain person?
  • Do you have thoughts or memories that are too frightening to tell someone?
  • Is there anything else you can think of that makes you want to harm yourself?

Once you understand what is happening better for yourself, it may make it easier to explain to other people. Even if you’re not sure of the reasons it is important to seek help. Use the links below to get started.

Find out more:

Useful Websites:

Getting Help:

For help and support available in Manchester click here

SHARE (self harm awareness and recovery for everyone)
A self help group supporting people who are experiencing issues around self harm. The group is open to everyone, no appointment or referral needed.
It runs every Tuesday 6pm-8pm at the Zion Community Resource Centre, 339 Stretford Road, Hulme, Manchester, M15 4ZY.

Contact Jane or Steve at

Women's self injury helpline emotional support, listening and signposting for women affected by self injury

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