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Self Harm & Suicidal Behaviour

Deliberately harming oneself is categorized as self-harm. Some people feel the urge to burn, tear out their hair, or pick up wounds to avoid healing. Extreme injuries can lead to broken bones. Hurting you or thinking of hurting yourself is a symptom of emotional distress. These unpleasant emotions can become more severe if a person continues to use self-harm as a coping mechanism.

Self Harm & Suicidal Behaviour

Facts To Know!!

  • Females are 3 times more likely to attempt suicide than men.
  • When attempting suicide, men are three times as likely to get a tragic result.
  • Long-term consequences of self-harm can range from a mild allergic reaction to serious injuries and sometimes even accidental deaths.
  • Sometimes, self-harm is a sign of a mental health condition.
  • The most common co-occurring, comorbid psychiatric disorders are anxiety, depression, OCD, bipolar, or childhood trauma.

Self Harm & Suicidal Behaviour

Watch short video introduction on what Self Harm & Suicidal Behaviour looks like.

What causes Self Harm & Suicidal Behaviour?

  • When the person faces a hard time regulating, expressing or understanding emotions.

  • Self-harm is believed to have biological elements, individuals with a family history of mental illness are at higher risk of developing a condition.

  • People who have neurotransmitter imbalances in the brain can self-injure in order to relieve emotions.

  • People who have experienced trauma are at a higher risk of self-injury.

Keeping sharp objects


Attempt to cut hand

Poor self-esteem





Symptoms of Self Harm & Suicidal Behaviour?


  • Cognitive behavioural therapy - In CBT, a therapist teaches ways to interpret negative, distressing emotions and counter them.

  • Dialectical behavioural therapy uses cognitive techniques that teach our minds to calm down and see what is happening internally and externally

  • Medication - Therapist will prescribe medication after assessing the client.

  • A certified therapist can help people develop more efficient coping strategies.

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