General Article Talking self-harm

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At YoungMinds we deal with self-harm a lot. The ways we do it vary but they include: our Parents’ Helpline; our training courses for teachers; youth workers and service providers; our lobbying work with government officials and our work directly with young people.

Mental health problems don’t just affect particular groups; they span all races, cultures and classes, and self-harm is no exception. Self-harm is surrounded by myths and misconceptions – while it’s often just thought of in terms of cutting, self-harm or self-injury, describes a wide range of things people deliberately do to themselves that are harmful but usually do not kill them. It’s worth noting that while self-harm is usually not an attempt at suicide, it is still highly traumatic for young people and those who care for them.

The symptoms

The most common form of self-harm is cutting the arms or the back of the legs with a razor or knife, but it takes many forms, including burning, biting, hitting and taking overdos...

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