Keeping self-harm a secret is common, as are the urges that lead someone to think about or exhibit self-harm behavior. When someone self-harms, it indicates they’re experiencing emotional distress. Self-harm is often used as a coping mechanism and it can lead to feelings of shame that create ongoing problems in a person’s life.

Self-Harm FAQs

Learn more about self-harm and find answers to commonly asked questions using the self-harm FAQs compiled below.