An increasing number of children and young people may resort to self-harm at times of high levels of stress. Self-harm is often accompanied by suicidal ideation and a wish to end one’s life or to end whichever difficulties we are facing, but not always. Sometimes, people use strategies that involve harming themselves to cope with difficult emotions.
Individuals who self-harm often acknowledge that self-harm has serious disadvantages and a significant risk to their health and lives, and can have an negative impact on their relationships with loved ones.
Therapy can help to understand the reasons and triggers that lead to self-harm and learn new strategies to cope with the difficult emotions.