Feel like hurting yourself?

It can be so hard to deal with issues or express how you’re feeling. These strong feelings can make some people want to hurt themselves on purpose, or ‘self-harm’.

How can I get help?

If you need urgent help please make sure you get support right away, and remember to look out for links to local Leeds services that can help with self-harm.

Why do people self-harm?

There are many reasons why people might want to do this. For some people it is a way to cope with or express overwhelming emotions or relieve tension that’s just too much. Self-harm can also be a way of showing someone how upset you feel. It can be a way of controlling something, especially if other parts of your life feel out of control or you’re trapped in a difficult situation.

People self-harm for many different or personal reasons and you may not fully understand why you want to – but there are different ways to cope and get help.

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