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!



You are not alone.

There is always hope!




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.