Self-Harm & Suicide

Self-harm is when someone deliberately hurts, cuts or injures him/herself. Self-harm is often a communication of deep distress. Any form of self-harm is often a call for help and should be taken seriously. If you self-harm it is very important that you seek help and support.

It might seem that nobody understands what you’re going through, or that you are alone, but remember there is always help available.

A person with thoughts of suicide may feel their pain exceeds their resources to cope at that time. Ask for help as these feelings will change. It is important that you keep yourself safe.

Remember that thoughts about taking your life are just thoughts. They do not mean you have to act on them, no matter how overwhelming they are. The most important thing to do if you are having thoughts of suicide is to talk to an adult you trust.

If someone comes to you feeling suicidal, speak openly about suicide. Show you care. Listen, encourage and support the person to seek help. It is okay to ask for help.

Your GP or local doctor will be in a position to offer guidance and support.

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Disclaimer: Please be aware that the information in this section is not intended as a substitute for clinical diagnosis or to replace the advice of a medical professional. If concerned, please contact your family doctor or phone the Samaritans on 116 123, or visit

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