Self-harm - Safety
How can I self harm safely?
There is always risk with self-harm. But you might want to lower the physical damage you do when you self-harm. This is called harm-reduction. There are some suggestions below:
- Do not share self-harming tools with other people. There is a risk you could get a disease including hepatitis B, hepatitis C, HIV and AIDS.
- Don’t self-harm on areas you have lots of scars. Scar tissue may not be as strong as your skin.
- Avoid drugs or alcohol. They can affect your judgement.
- Learn first aid and keep first aid supplies nearby. Such as antiseptic wipes and bandages.
- Have an emergency plan, such as keeping a phone nearby so that you can ring an ambulance if you need to.
- Set yourself limits before you self-harm and stick to them. Such as decide how many cuts you will make and how big they will be. This is a good way of learning the skills you need to stop.
- Think of options that don’t break your skin.
- Think of options instead of swallowing medication or substances.
- There is no safe way to self-poison.
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