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  • Self-harm (SH) or deliberate self-harm (DSH) includes self-injury (SI) and self-poisoning and is defined as the intentional, direct injuring of body tissue most often done without suicidal intentions.

How can self harm effect you?

  • relief that comes from self-harming doesn't last very long
  • bullied for doing it
  • makes you more depressed
  • you have to hide things from everyone
  • you feel worse than before
  • lose friends
  • you could have to go to counseling
  • family can get involved
  • other people judge you

Why do people self harm?

  1. There's no one reason why one person self-harms and another doesn't
  2. you may feel lonely
  3. think no one is there
  4. you can be or get sad/angry
  5. Having problems at home or with friends
  6. Not having a good day
  7. Losing someone they care about

How can you help yourself or others?

  1. seek immediate medical attention
  2. go to your local hospital's emergency department
  3. call 000 (112 from a mobile) and request an ambulance.
  4. contact the Suicide Call Back Service on 1-300-659-467

Signs if someone is self harming?

  • Scars, such as from burns or cuts
  • Fresh cuts, scratches or other wounds
  • Bruises
  • Hair loss or bald spots
  • Broken bones
  • Keeping sharp objects on hand
  • Spending a great deal of time alone
  • Wearing long sleeves or long pants even in hot weather
  • Claiming to have frequent accidents or mishaps
  • Forms of self-injury

Who to tell if you or someone else needs help?

  • counselor
  • trusted adult
  • parent
  • call a hotline to talk to someone 1-800-448-1833
  • tell a close friend to help you seek help