Five things you need to know about self-harming

1. It’s not an accident. Self-harm is intentional, purposeful behavior.

2. It’s not about getting attention People who hurt themselves frequently consider it a private thing and try to hide their behaviors.
3. Anyone can do it. Contrary to popular belief that only ‘emos’ self-harm, anyone close to you could be self-harming, no matter their age, gender, race, or lifestyle choices.
4. It’s more mental than physical Self-harming is only a physical manifestation of mental stress, and people frequently self-harm to release stress, gain some control, or feel alive.
5. It’s not necessarily about suicide. Even though some people who self-harm feel suicidal, many see self-harm as a way to feel alive.


Why Self-Injury Awareness Day is important

Self-Injury Awareness Day is all about showing people who self-harm that they are not alone.

The day helps us show them that there are people who care about them and who they can rely on whenever they are hurting. 
There are many stereotypes about self-injury that further worsen the case of people who self-harm. There is also some stigma around the practice. Self-Injury Awareness Day helps more people learn why people self-harm and what to do when someone close to them engages in it.
Many people have found lifelines to hold on to on Self-Injury Awareness Day. People who self-harm can find communities they can connect with and draw support from.

They can also find professionals who can help them with their struggles and guide them.


My Mind News encourages everyone to engage with self-injury awareness day. If you know of someone that needs help, don’t just leave it to others.


If you have been affected by the contents of this article and need further information or links to resources, the following charities can help –

  1. Alumina (previously Self Harm UK) is a free online self-harm support group for young people aged 11 to 19.
  2. Harmless supports people who self-harm and their families and friends.
  3. LifeSIGNS provides information and support to people who are ready to find new ways to cope other than self-harm. They have produced a helpful book and factsheets for parents and guardians, friends, males, healthcare workers, teachers, and employers. 
  4. Mind has information and signposting for people who self-harm and their families, as well as useful contacts.
  5. Self Injury Support offers information and support to women and girls affected by self-harm.
  6. Young Minds has information and signposting for young people who self-harm.
  7. Zest provides counseling, support, and information to people in Northern Ireland who self-harm.