What types of behaviors are considered self-harm?
Self-harming behavior can take many forms including:
How common is self-harm?
Self-harm affects people of all ages, though it is most commonly seen among young people. 10% of young people self-harm, and studies show that the majority of young people began self-harming around the age of 12 (read more here).
If you or someone you love is engaging in self-harming behaviors, it is important to seek the help of a therapist.
Made In His Image is a Catholic ministry that serves women experiencing anxiety, depression, self-harm, eating disorders, and trauma recovery.
LikeKristen is a YouTube channel dedicated to mental health awareness and recovery. Check out her videos on recovering from self-harm.
Kati Morton is a licensed therapist who is an active online advocate for mental health. Check out her video resources on self-harm.
This personal account of bulimia, self-harm, and psychiatric treatment offers an inside look into life struggling with severe mental illness and the battle for recovery.
Trigger warning: This is a memoir of self-harm and bulimia. It may be triggering for some individuals.
Self-harm is one of the most misunderstood symptoms of mental and emotional distress. If you or a loved one struggles with self-harm, this book can help you understand why self-harm occurs and how treatment can help.
SAFE Alternatives offers treatment options, crisis resources, and more regarding self-harming behaviors.