Self-harm means causing actual harm or omitting to do something, which in turn, may cause harm (such as not taking prescribed medications).
There are many forms of self-harm.
There are many reasons why a young person may self-harm and each occasion of self-harm may have a different trigger or reason. It is important to find out what the 'function' of self harm is. For example, is it to turn emotional pain into something physical? Is it to release frustration or anger? Is it to punish oneself? Is it to try out something they have seen or heard others do? Knowing the purpose or function of self-harm helps with non-medical treatment.
Here are some signs to look out for;
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