Pat's Answer

To Pat / 01 Mar 2020

Topic: Self harming 

Your Question

I want to tell my mam that I’m self harming but she already has a lot on her mind and I don’t want to worry her . what should I do?

From Pat / 05 Mar 2020


Hi there,

Thank you for contacting us here at Ask Pat, you are very welcome.

You are saying that you want to tell you mam about your self harming but she already has a lot on her mind and you don”t want to worry her. 

We would be very concerned to hear that you are self harming because you have a right to be safe and you have the right to talk to someone about what is going on for you and how you are feeling. You have been very brave in wanting to tell her and that sounds like you want to get help.

It is the responsibility of your parents to keep you safe and to provide support for you. Also, there are services that are available to people in situations like yours.

If you would like to talk about this further you would be more than welcome to contact us on our 24 hour phone line at 1800 66 66 66, You can also have a chat by text on 50101, or you can have a LiveChat through this website. We are more than happy to go through some options with you.

Also, on our website we have some useful tips in the “info and advice section”.

Take care and bye for now.

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