Self-harming by a young person is usually a way of coping with difficult feelings or distress.

Cutting is a common form of self-harm but there are a wide range of other forms. Self-harming is surprisingly common, involving about 1 in 10 young people – more frequently girls.

Young people who self harm are not usually intending to commit suicide but trying to find a way to survive high emotion, distress and unbearable inner turmoil.

Finding out that someone you care about is deliberately injuring themselves can be difficult to understand and parents/carers may feel shocked and isolated.

If you have concerns that a young person you care about may be harming themselves seek advice immediately from your GP.

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