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I cut myself for the first time

Your Question

I cut myself for the first time. I don’t know what to do. What if I do it again? I don’t want to but what if I do?

Answer

Hi there and welcome to Ask Alex. You have been very brave to contact us.  

 

We are sorry to hear that you are struggling. It is important to know that you are not alone.  You have a right to get help and support. You are telling us that you cut yourself for the first time and you don’t know what to do. You are asking what if you do it again, that you don’t want to but what if you do.

 

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.  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. Your well-being is very important.

 

Do you have a trusted adult who you could talk too? This adult could be a parent, an aunt, uncle, or grandparent. We know that it can be hard to open up to someone who is close to us, so maybe talking to somebody outside of your family who you feel comfortable talking to might work better for you at first.

It is important for your own physical and mental wellbeing that you get the help and support that you deserve.       

 

We have articles on our website that you might find useful: www.childline.ie/thinking-about-self-harming/ and we have answered similar questions in the past which you are free to read as well: www.childline.ie/?s=self-harm. 

 

If you would rather speak to someone outside of your family/friends/school, we are always here for you at Childline by clicking on the Live Chat button on this website, or giving us a call on 1800 66 66 66You can talk about anything you want to, and we are here to listen to whatever you would like to say. 

 

Take care of yourself and please reach out to somebody soon  

Alex 

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