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Children & young people

Emotional Health and Well-Being


Self harm is where someone does something to deliberately harm themselves. Self harm may include cutting or burning yourself, biting your nails excessively, developing an eating disorder or taking an overdose of tablets. It can also include taking drugs or an excessive amount of alcohol.

There are many different reasons why young people self harm. It is usually as a way to help cope with difficult or distressing thoughts or feelings. They hurt themselves because don't know what else to do and don't feel like there are any other options.

Talking to someone is often the first step in the cycle of stopping self harm. There are lots of people you can talk to including friends, family, someone you trust at school, your GP, youth workers or a helpline.

Help and Support

If you want more information on self harm, you can read 'The Truth About Self Harm'

The Young Minds website provides help and support for children and young people on emotional health.

The Site is an online guide young people that discusses self-harm.

ChildLine also offers guidance on self-harm. If you want to talk to someone about what you may be feeling, you can contact ChildLine on 0800 1111.

The Youth Wellbeing Directory provides a list of local and national organisations for anyone up to the age of 25.