We understand that self injury is something used to cope with problems. But here's the thing - self injury doesn't really fix them. You can learn how to stop and how to find happier, healthier ways to deal with issues.

The National Mental Health Association has outlined a series of steps that you can take to begin your recovery. 

HOW CAN I HELP MYSELF

HOW CAN PARENTS HELP

Teenagers usually have a sense of how their parents will initially react once  learning that they are self injuring. They fear punishment. They fear rejection.

We hope by educating you, we can help you better understand and connect with your children - in a safe and meaningful manner. 

HOW CAN I HELP MY FRIEND

How can I help my friend? Is she/he going to be OK?  Should I tell anyone about it? What do I do? 

If your friend is self injuring and you are not sure what to do - that is alright. This is a serious issue and as such there are many resources you can utilize to help them. 

RESOURCES

Educating yourself regarding self injury is one of the most important things you could do - whether it is to help yourself, your friend or your child. 

We have collected a number of valuable resources that will serve to provide you with support, valuable information and a better chance of navigating these rough waters. 

THINGS TO DO BESIDES SELF HARM

Why does coping with the stress around you have to be associated with pain and sorrow? Well... it doesn't  have to be! You can try doing many other things. We have a few ideas for you to try out whenever you feel overwhelmed.

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