What is self-harm?
Self-harm, or self-injury, describes a wide range of things people deliberately do to themselves that appear to be harmful but usually do not kill them. Self-harm is not usually a failed attempt at suicide, but it can still be very hard for parents or carers.
Cutting the arms or the back of the legs with a razor or knife is the most common form of self harm, but self-harm can take many forms, including burning, biting, hitting or taking overdoses.
A young person may self-harm to help them cope with negative feelings, to feel more in control or to punish themselves. It can be a way of relieving overwhelming feelings that build up inside, when they feel isolated, angry, guilty or desperate.’