There is no single means of treatment that is guaranteed to work in all cases of self-harming or cases in which an individual inflicts behaviours such as cutting, burning, head banging, hair pulling and even poisoning on his or her own body. Instead, a combination of treatments geared towards protecting the self-harmer’s physical and mental health is often employed to treat self-harmers and help them cease their injurious behaviours. If a self-harmer is in need of medical treatment, this will usually be organised first to guarantee that there is no threat to the individual’s life. When the individual’s physical health has stabilised, treatment then usually begins to address the individual’s mental and/or emotional health as well. In severe cases, residential treatment may be encouraged so that the individual can receive care and attention around the clock. There are several institutions across the United Kingdom that can provide this type of treatment as needed.
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