Self-harm, or self-injury, is the intentional infliction of harm on one’s own body. Common forms of self-harm include cutting, burning, bone-breaking and hair-pulling.
Individuals who engage in self-harm usually feel helpless or powerless with regard to their emotions, and may be using self-harm to
cope with their overwhelming feelings, to find comfort, to punish themselves, or to attempt to gain control over their lives. Self-harm offers temporary relief to these individuals, but they would eventually feel guilty about and ashamed of their behaviour. Warning signs include: irritability, poor sleeping and eating habits, social withdrawal and/or hiding of scars.
Note: Self-harm is NOT about attempting suicide. It is a way to cope with or relive painful or hard-to-express feelings.
If you or someone you know is may have self-harm behaviours, seek professional help by contacting CHAT for a
mental health check, or call:
If you are engaging in self-harm behaviours, but would like to stop, here are some practical tips that you can try:
*Scape, 2 Orchard Link,#04-01A, Singapore 237978
12pm - 9pm, Tuesday - Saturday(closed on public holidays)
(+65) 6493 6500,
(+65) 6493 firstname.lastname@example.org