How can I stop self-harming?
How do I stop self-harming?
Hi there and welcome to Ask Alex.
We know that it can be a difficult thing to reach out and talk about what’s going on for you, but we feel that this can be a helpful thing for young people, so thank you and well done for taking the first step.
Self- harm is a psychological response that some people use as a way of coping with the difficulties that they are experiencing in their lives.
It is important to know that you are not alone. You have a right to get help and support. Is there a trusted adult that you can talk to you about what is going on in your life at the moment? This person could be a parent, teacher, aunt, uncle, older cousin, a sports couch or music teacher.
There are various psychological ways that people can harm themselves, if you are self-harming in a way that could result is physical injury to yourself, we would strongly advise that you talk to your doctor or a medically trained person as they will be able to treat any physical injuries. They are also great people to talk to about why you are self-harming. You’re well-being is very important to us.
Childline is always here to listen to you and support you. You can chat to us a bit more about this (phone 1800 66 66 66, text 51010 or chat online at www.childline.ie).
Along with organisations such as Pieta House https://www.pieta.ie/ and Mental Health Ireland https://www.mentalhealthireland.ie/.
We hope you have found this helpful and look forward to chatting to you,