“The first time I self-harmed was about 2 years ago."
“I hid my scars and made everyone believe I was happy.
“The self-harm got worse when I was struggling with depression and work stress.
“One evening I took steps to end my life. Before I went through with it I thought I’d try giving Samaritans a call. The volunteer who answered really listened, and thanks to them I got home safely that night.”
“I had to get private counselling because the wait for NHS was too long. The counselling helped me to come up with new methods to deal with the pain of depression.”
Self-harm is a sign of great emotional distress and can sometimes mean that a person is at an increased risk of suicide. Sadly, some people who self-harm go on to take their own lives: in fact, people who self-harm are at the highest risk of suicide. We want every part of the country to make sure people who self-harm get the support they need.
Email your local politicians now and make sure they’re doing all they can to prevent self-harm where you live.
If you’ve been affected by any of the issues in this story, you can call us on 116 123 for free, confidential support.
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