Do you feel in such emotional pain that you think you are going to self harm?
Call Youthline - 1800 350 670 - They understand and are there to help you through this crisis.
Tips – some self-help techniques that may be helpful
Young people who self-harm say that finding ways to distract themselves when they get the urge to self-harm is very important to their recovery. These may not work for everyone but it can be helpful to give them a try to see if you can find one that might work for you:
Using a red pen to mark the skin instead of cutting
Hitting a punch bag to vent anger or frustration
Making lots of noise (e.g. with an instrument, banging pots and pans)
Writing your negative feelings on a piece of paper and then ripping it up
Scribbling on a large piece of paper with a red pen
Writing a diary or a journal
Talking to a friend (not necessarily about self-harm)
Doing a collage/artwork
Going online and looking at self-help websites
Using ‘substitute forms of self-harm’ can also be helpful, e.g.:
Rubbing ice on the skin instead of cutting
Putting elastic bands on the wrists and flicking them • instead of cutting
Eating a chilli
It is good to learn some things that you can do to help yourself, but it’s important to remember that helping yourself doesn’t mean you have to go it alone.
Talking to someone you trust about what you’re going through can make things a lot easier. This might be a friend, family member, teacher, youth worker, counsellor or GP. You can also call a confidential helpline
(The above information has been taken from Headspace flyer - Mythbuster - sorting facts from fiction on self harm)