I want to hurt myself

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Many teenagers and young people hurt themselves, or ‘self-harm’. If you hurt yourself this may be to help you cope with pain and problems. But there are other ways to deal with these.

What is self-harm?

Self-harming is when you choose to hurt yourself and inflict pain on yourself in some way. There are many ways of self-harming - you may be cutting, scratching or burning yourself, pulling out your hair or biting your nails excessively. You might also be taking drugs or drinking a lot of alcohol to deliberately hurt and cause yourself pain.

"You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection."

- Buddha

Why do people self-harm?

Lots of young people self-harm as a way of releasing tension or controlling something. Often it’s because something else difficult is happening in your life. It may be that you’re feeling anxious, depressed, scared, stressed or you’re being bullied. You might feel that you don’t have anyone to turn to and can’t deal with the problem yourself.

Sometimes, in very severe cases, people self-harm as an attempt to die by suicide.

It can be hard to stop hurting yourself and you might have got into a cycle or even become addicted to self-harm. It’s tough, but you can break this habit and it is important to get on with it before it gets more difficult to stop.