Self Harming

Young people often cannot explain why they self-harm, especially when the self-harm itself is a means of communicating what cannot easily be put into words or even into thoughts (it has been described as an inner scream). Self-harm is a way of expressing very deep distress. Afterwards, people feel better able to cope with life again, for a while.

Self-harm can be a way to help someone to cope with painful emotions that threaten to overwhelm them such as: rage, sadness , emptiness,  grief, self-hatred, fear, loneliness and guilt.