People self harm for lots of different reasons. They may feel angry, frustrated, anxious or depressed, worthless or guilty. They may be trying to punish themselves for something whether or not they realise this.

If you self-harm and need immediate medical assistance, your nearest Accident and Emergency (A&E) department is the first place to go to. finds out what happens when you go and how you should be treated.

 Self-harm is spiralling in Britain. It is estimated that two teenagers in every classroom have been driven by depression or anxiety to hurt themselves.

You are not alone

Young women talk to Youth Health Talk about why they self harm.

Caroline, director of Harmless, used to self-harm as a teenager. She gives advices on how to get the right support.

If you want to learn more about the whole issue of self harm, watch Meera Syal's very moving but potentially distressing documentary.

The page was last updated on 09 March 2018 by pcouch.

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