Self-harm

What is Self Harm? Self Harm, as defined in the National Institute of Clinical Excellence guidelines (2004), is an: “expression of personal distress, usually made in private, by an individual who hurts him or herself”. Self Harm behaviours can include: Scratching or picking skin Cutting body Tying something around body Inserting things into body Scouring/scrubbing body excessively Hitting, punching self (punching walls etc.) Pulling out hair Over/under eating Why do some young people self-harm? During adolescents young people may encounter particularly painful emotional events. They…