“It was a culmination of a number of things becoming more and more out of control that pushed me into self-harming.
“I remember feeling very alone and isolated, worrying that no one would understand, so I kept it secret.
“Things worsened when my suicidal thoughts became more prevalent. I thought that self-harm was a way of coping, but it didn’t work.
“I received care locally after going to hospital with self-harm injuries. Knowing my Community Psychiatric Nurse was aware of my behaviour and was checking in provided reassurance. I also tried some therapy, which helped me come up with strategies to manage my anxiety and low moods.”
Self-harm is often used as a way of coping with difficult emotions by those who cannot see another way. Self-harming is a sign of underlying problems and can indicate that a person is at a higher risk of suicide. Local Action Saves Lives aims to get the help and support to those who need it, wherever they are in the country.
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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