Some people self-harm because it’s a way for them to relieve their feelings, or to regulate their emotions. Other people deliberately hurt themselves because they think they deserve to be punished.
Self-harm can take many different forms, and it can affect anyone of any age and any background.
We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm on weekdays and all day Saturday and Sunday.
Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer, you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline.
If you think someone is self-harming:
- Try to recognise the myths surrounding it. Asking a person if they deliberately harm themselves will not put the idea in their head.
- Understand that self-harm is serious and it may be carried out for a variety of reasons. Whatever the reason, self-harm is a sign of distress. It should not be seen as a form of attention-seeking.
- Know that people who have a traumatic background or feel helpless are at risk of self-harm.
- Look out for changes in their behaviour such as talking about feeling trapped, or a drop in mood.
- Ask if they are ok. Ask them if they’re self-harming. A conversation such as this can potentially save their life.
- Listen if they talk to you about their self-harm. Be compassionate and non-judgemental.
- Encourage them to seek help from a healthcare professional. If there is an immediate risk, dial 999.
Please note, the advice given in this blog is not a substitute for medical advice, it is merely a guide. It might be helpful to speak to your doctor or another mental health professional.
Interested in helping those who are struggling with their mental health? We offer Mental Health First Aid training in Selby. Contact us at email@example.com