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What is self harm

There are no fixed rules about why people self-harm. For some people, it can be linked to specific experiences and be a way of dealing with something that is happening now or that happened in the past. 

Some people don’t understand the reasons for self-harming and that’s OK. You don’t need to know this in order to ask for help. 

Difficult experiences can cause someone to self-harm. Common causes include:  

  • Bullying
  • Sexual, physical or emotional abuse 
  • Relationships 
  • School and exams 
  • Divorce 
  • Bereavement 
  • Illness 
  • Domestic abuse 
  • Confusion about feelings and sexuality.

Visit Childline or the NHS website for help and advice if you or someone you know is self-harming.