Self-harm is when you hurt yourself as a way of dealing with very difficult feelings, painful memories or overwhelming situations and experiences. There are lots of different forms of self-harming. Some people use the same one all the time, other people hurt themselves in different ways at different times.

Alternatives to self harm: Self Harm

  • Get outside
  • Talk to a friend
  • Listen to music
  • Experiment with guided imagery
  • Do something creative
  • Sleep
  • Identify your emotions and what self-harm helps you achieve
  • Use harm minimization strategies
    • snapping rubber bands on your wrist
    • drawing or painting red lines on your skin
    • holding ice
    • finger paint using red paint
    • eating sour or spicy candies
    • squeezing a stress ball
    • punching a pillow or cushion
    • screaming into a pillow
    • Snap sticks in half
    • Tear up a magazine

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