Self harm

Deliberate self harm is surprisingly common. The true incidence is unknown, as many people never divulge their activities to anyone. Most people cut themselves, but burning with cigarettes is also common, as is the damage that can be caused by alcohol or other substance misuse.

It occurs in both men and women and is usually done at times of extreme emotion, either anger, anxiety or feeling extremely bad about yourself. It is commonest among teenagers and young people and is certainly known in the student population. The injuries may not be felt acutely at the time, but are certainly painful afterwards and may need dressing or stitching.

Things can be done to help you understand and to reduce, if not completely stop the behaviour.

If you self harm, or know someone who does, get some advice and help from the Psychological and Counselling services, or your University doctor.

Further information

Young Peopkle and Self Harm

National Self Harm Network

Mental Health Foundation

This article published on
26 January 2006

Next review date 1/1/2013


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