WHO self-harms?

People from all walks of life self-harm regardless of:

  • Gender
  • Age
  • Ethnicity
  • Religion
  • Ability/ disability
  • Background
  • Education
  • Social Class
  • Sexuality
  • 1 in 10 young people across the UK have self-harmed by the age of 16.
  • Thought to be the second highest reason for A&E admissions.

It`s hard to get a precise figures on self-harm as the definitions tend to differ. Also the level of taboo around the subject is so high that the most keep it concealed and this naturally omits them from research.

 

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WAYS AHEAD!

Self-harm is often used as a coping strategy so stopping or reducing is not a short-term solution. Therefore new coping strategies need to be learned to provide individuals with healthier ways ahead! SAFA offers a complete package tailored to individual needs. Contact us by phone or email for more information from our contact page.

 

main logoSAFA is committed to making a positive difference to the lives of individuals who self-harm and alsoto those people who support them. Our primary goal is to empower the individual to take responsibility for their own lives by offering counseling and trusting support

Also we seek to eliminate the stigma and discrimination associated with self-harm by creating greater awareness through training and education.

WHAT is self-harm?

In its broad sense, self-harm is any act carried out which cases harm to the "self".

Self-harm is any behavior that results in the physical harm, causing injuries or pain to your own body. It is not linked with suicidal intent

Self-harm is a way of dealing with feelings and emotional distress and is a way of coping with issues/ events that the individual finds difficult to express in any other way.

This behavior is usually hidden away.

 

sadman

You are not alone.

There is always hope!

sloganstickmanhappy

 

WAYS AHEAD!

Self-harm is often used as a coping strategy so stopping or reducing is not a short-term solution. Therefore new coping strategies need to be learned to provide individuals with healthier ways ahead! SAFA offers a complete package tailored to individual needs. Contact us by phone or email for more information from our contact page.

 

main logoSAFA is committed to making a positive difference to the lives of individuals who self-harm and alsoto those people who support them. Our primary goal is to empower the individual to take responsibility for their own lives by offering counseling and trusting support

Also we seek to eliminate the stigma and discrimination associated with self-harm by creating greater awareness through training and education.

WHY do people self-harm?

The research so far suggests a wide range of contributory factors that can trigger self-harm. The individual who self-harms has usually faced some very difficult and harmful events in their life, often as a child but occasionally as an adult. Following is a list of situations that may be behind it:

  • Alcohol and drug misuse
  • Bullying
  • Childhood neglect
  • Death/ Loss
  • Discrimination.
  • Emotional abuse
  • Family issues
  • Faulty self-beliefs
  • Low self esteem
  • Physical abuse
  • Self-hatred
  • Sexual abuse
  • Sexual concerns
  • Unwanted pregancies

Note: This is not a fully comprehensive list, many other triggers may be behind it!

 

sadman

You are not alone.

There is always hope!

sloganstickmanhappy

 

WAYS AHEAD!

Self-harm is often used as a coping strategy so stopping or reducing is not a short-term solution. Therefore new coping strategies need to be learned to provide individuals with healthier ways ahead! SAFA offers a complete package tailored to individual needs. Contact us by phone or email for more information from our contact page.

 

main logoSAFA is committed to making a positive difference to the lives of individuals who self-harm and alsoto those people who support them. Our primary goal is to empower the individual to take responsibility for their own lives by offering counseling and trusting support

Also we seek to eliminate the stigma and discrimination associated with self-harm by creating greater awareness through training and education.

HOW do people self-harm?

People self-harm is a variety of ways, and sometimes do not even recognise they are doing harm to themselves.

  • Alcohol misuse/ binge drinking
  • Body hitting/ knocking/ punching
  • Cutting
  • Driving fast/ recklessly
  • Drug misuse; illicit or prescription
  • Eating disorders
  • Overdoses
  • Over exercising
  • Pulling hair out
  • Risky sexual behaviour
  • Self neglect
  • Skin burning/ picking
  • Throwing themselves down stairs

Note: This is not a fully comprehensive list, can you think of other ways?

 

sadman

You are not alone.

There is always hope!

sloganstickmanhappy

 

WAYS AHEAD!

Self-harm is often used as a coping strategy so stopping or reducing is not a short-term solution. Therefore new coping strategies need to be learned to provide individuals with healthier ways ahead! SAFA offers a complete package tailored to individual needs. Contact us by phone or email for more information from our contact page.

 

main logoSAFA is committed to making a positive difference to the lives of individuals who self-harm and alsoto those people who support them. Our primary goal is to empower the individual to take responsibility for their own lives by offering counseling and trusting support

Also we seek to eliminate the stigma and discrimination associated with self-harm by creating greater awareness through training and education.

WHEN do people self-harm?
  • It`s easier to cope with a physical pain than their emotional discomfort i.e as a coping mechanism.
  • To release unbearable feelings of anxiety, grief and/ or anger.
  • They need to relieve feelings of shame or guilt.
  • They are trying to tell others they need help.
  • They want to feel alive.
  • They are feeling confused and over whelmed

Note: This is not a fully comprehensive list, can you think of other ways?

 

sadman

You are not alone.

There is always hope!

sloganstickmanhappy

 

WAYS AHEAD!

Self-harm is often used as a coping strategy so stopping or reducing is not a short-term solution. Therefore new coping strategies need to be learned to provide individuals with healthier ways ahead! SAFA offers a complete package tailored to individual needs. Contact us by phone or email for more information from our contact page.

 

main logoSAFA is committed to making a positive difference to the lives of individuals who self-harm and alsoto those people who support them. Our primary goal is to empower the individual to take responsibility for their own lives by offering counseling and trusting support

Also we seek to eliminate the stigma and discrimination associated with self-harm by creating greater awareness through training and education.