The 1st of March is Self-injury Awareness Day. On this day, organisations and charities around the globe raise awareness about self-injury. 

Awareness can lead to a greater understanding of why a person deliberately injures themselves. It also works towards reducing the number of people who suffer in silence. 

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, 365 days of the year.

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.

Self-injury, also known as self-harm, occurs when someone deliberately injures or damages their body. 

People self-injure because they might be:

  • Coping with or expressing emotional distress
  • Crying for help
  • Punishing themselves 
  • Responding to intrusive thoughts
  • Trying to feel more in control 

Self-injury can be linked to a person going through bad experiences that may have happened in the past, or are occurring now. Occasionally, the reason for self-injury might be unknown. 

Not everyone self-injures for the same reason. The reasons can also change over time, and they won’t be the same for everyone. 

If you need help for self-injury please click here.

Suicide and Self-injury

There is a link between suicidal thoughts, suicide, and people who have self-injured. However, what’s clear is that not everyone who deliberately hurts or damages themselves wants to end their life. Some of those who self-injure do so as a means of keeping themselves alive. They can use it as a way to cope with or respond to severe emotional distress. 

Dealing with the underlying cause of self-injury and getting the right treatment or support can help people deal with things in a less harmful way. 

There is mental health support in Barlby and the surrounding areas. If you self-injure, please speak to someone. You do not have to deal with your feelings and experiences on your own. Help is available. 

 

 

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, 365 days of the year.

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.

Interested in helping those who are struggling with their mental health? We offer Mental Health First Aid training in Selby. Contact us at info@communitea.org.uk