It is important to know that there is support available if you are self harming. Seeking help when problems begin to develop is really important and a good first step is telling a trusted family member, friend or teacher what you are going through.
Not ready to talk to someone you know?
You can contact eheadspace to talk to a counsellor online or on the phone, talk to your general practitioner (GP) or call a helpline for confidential support (e.g. Lifeline 13 11 14 or Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800).
If you need immediate medical attention, call 000.
How can I help a young person who self harms?
The best way to help someone is to provide support and encourage them to ask for professional help.
Be as open with the person as possible and try to make them feel safe to discuss their feelings. Remain calm while recognising they might feel ashamed of their actions and worry about your judgements.
Do not try to make ultimatums or force the person to stop, this could make things worse.
Ask the person directly if they are considering suicide and call your local hospital or mental health service if you think they are.
Call 000 or take the person to the emergency department of the local hospital if they need urgent medical attention.
Supporting someone who self harms can be a stressful experience so consider if you need to get some advice or support for yourself.
There are health professionals at headspace centres who can provide counselling to help you develop effective coping skills to deal with your problems, so that you don’t have to rely on self harming.