Help if you are self-harming

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Whilst self-harm is a coping mechanism, it is not a permanent solution. If you are self-harming you may want to consider ways of managing your urges.

We have included some suggestions below:

1. Understanding your patterns of self-harm

2. Distracting yourself based on the feeling behind your urge to self-harm
(whilst some of these may not work for you, try some of the examples and continue to implement those that have a more positive effect)

Other examples are detailed here and here.

Disclaimer: This guide has not been put together by mental health professionals. It is not intended to be medical advice. It has been crowdsourced by survivors and volunteers of Chayn. Care has been taken in reflecting the experiences and knowledge of people around the world, including therapists but information in this guide should be taken instead of certified medical advice. Please seek professional support.

Getting better & moving on: A guide for mental healing after abuse and trauma by CHAYN is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.