Self-harm is the term given when someone intentionally causes harm to themselves as a way of relieving pain, dealing with difficult experiences, memories or feelings. This could include someone cutting themselves or putting themselves in risky situations. It is a coping strategy that people use when trying to manage their emotional hurt or stress. Self-harm affects people of all backgrounds, genders and ages.
There is information and support available for students who self-harm, please see the external organisations below:
Scottish charity providing help, resources, information and support around mental ill health and campaigning on behalf of people with mental health problems.Visit website
Self-Harm Network Scotland have a dedicated portal to provide recovery-focussed support, tools and information that anyone across Scotland can access. There are sections for those who self-harm, people supporting someone who self-harms, and professionals working with someone who self-harms.Visit website