Self-harm and self-injury
- Self-harm is when people deliberately hurt their bodies.
- People sometimes self-harm as a way to cope with strong physical or emotional pain and distress.
- For some, it happens once, but for others it can happen many times or become a repeated behaviour.
- Self-harming behaviour is treatable.
- If a person is self-harming, it doesn’t always mean they’re thinking about suicide.
Personal, social and environmental factors may alter an individual’s experience or perception of this information. A person’s culture, religion, spirituality or ancestral spirituality can influence how this information relates to your health & wellbeing, as well as your community.
Last Modified: Monday, 20 February 2023