Self-injury, also called self-harm and self-abuse, refers to deliberate acts that cause harm to one’s body, mind and spirit. Examples include cutting the skin with razor blades or pieces of glass; burning and hitting oneself; scratching or picking scabs or preventing wounds from healing; hair pulling; and inserting objects into one’s body. Cutting is the most common form of self-injury among today’s youth.
In a broader sense, behaviours such as smoking, alcohol and drug addiction, bingeing on food and staying in an abusive relationship can also be considered forms of self-harming. People who self-injure may not be trying to kill themselves. Usually, they are not trying to end all feeling; they are trying to feel better. READ MORE
I hurt myself badly
If you have just self-injured and you are badly hurt or bleeding a lot, call 9-1-1. If you’re scared to call, try calling someone you trust, or call Kids Help Phone: 1-800-668-6868. We can call for an ambulance for you, or help you calm down. You don’t have to handle this on your own.
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