Prisoners - Self Harm
Being in prison can be a difficult time. This section says how you can get help if you want to hurt yourself.
- Self-harm is when you hurt yourself on purpose, for example, by scratching, cutting, biting or burning.
- Self-harm is common in prisons.
- You may self-harm because you find it difficult to cope with your moods or share how you are feeling. Everyone has their own reasons for self-harming.
- Self-harm is always a sign that something is wrong. It is not always a sign of a mental illness.
- There are people that can help you.
- There are things you can try on your own to help you self-harm less and more safely.
This section covers:
- What is self-harm?
- Who self-harms?
- Why do people self-harm?
- Who can help?
- How can I help myself?
- Information for friends and relatives
These pages are created by Rethink Mental Illness' Advice and Information Service in accordance with the Information Standard. Last reviewed in April 2017. Next review April 2020.
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