Self-heal is a free tool that guides the management of self-injury.It can be used anonymously and independently, to enable users to take recovery into their own hands.
If you want to stop hurting yourself, you will need to:
People who hurt themselves on an on-going basis need the support of an experienced counsellor, please see Mr. Meredith or Ms. Confortin if you have any concerns about other students or if you would like help to end your self-harm.
Reasons why some teens self-harm
When the level of emotional pressure becomes too high it acts as a safety valve - a way of relieving the tension;
Cutting makes the blood take away the bad feelings;
Pain can make you feel more alive when feeling numb or dead inside;
Punishing oneself in response to feelings of shame or guilt;
When it's too difficult to talk to anyone, it's a form of communication about unhappiness and a way of acknowledging the need for help;
Self-harm gives a sense of control that's missing elsewhere in life.
Below is a letter a previous student has written about her experience with cutting and provides some tips for overcoming this habit.