How can we help?
If you want to talk about this or even if you want to stop (and not everybody does) then counselling could help you explore alternate ways of coping.
For some people, counselling can be invaluable. By exploring and understanding problems that feel overwhelming, you can learn to cope with and handle feelings in a different, less destructive way.
What is Self-Injury?
Self-injury isn’t necessarily about suicide; it is often about trying to cope with overwhelming thoughts and emotional pain. Many people self-injure because it makes them feel better and helps them cope with life.
Some practical things:
- Please store your equipment safely and ensure that it’s clean.
- Try to avoid cutting around major arteries or veins
- If you think you may be going to self-harm, try to avoid alcohol which may make you do more harm than you intended.
- Have a first aid kit ready. The leading chemists produce leaflets on first aid kits and how to care for wounds.
- It is important to take care of yourself after self-injury, not only physically but also emotionally. You may feel distressed and upset. Comfort yourself by resting, wrap up in a warm duvet, have a warm drink, listen to soothing music, talk (if you can) to someone you trust. These ideas are not exhaustive, explore what things comfort you.
- Cardiff University Health Centre
- Emergency Unit, University Hospital of Wales, Heath Park (open 24 hours).
- Public Online Directory: for leaflets and further information (search for "self injury").
- Ask your GP about Cica-Care, a silicone gel dressing which, in some cases, can reduce raised and very red scars. It is available on prescription. This does not work on pale scars or on scars over 20 years old.