How To Stop Yourself Or Someone Else From Self-Harming!


Self-harm can become a habit. With the right support, many people who self-harm can learn how to stop.

Cutting is a form of self-harm that can become a habit. With the right support, many people who self-harm can learn how to stop. Self-harm, is not uncommon. Anyone of any age may be affected by self-harm, but it is more common among people in their teens.

The sense of relief from self-harm can be so reinforcing that it may be difficult to stop doing it, compelling people to self-harm again the next time they feel overwhelmed. If self-harm becomes a habit, people may find it hard to resist the urge, but there are many ways to learn to stop. Not every strategy works for everyone, but most people will find a way that works for them.

This article explores strategies to stop self-harm. It also looks at ways to manage the causes of self-harm and what support is available. Here are nine ways to help anyone who self-harms to resist the urge to self-harm:

A person can use distraction tactics, such as going for a walk or listening to music, to help resist the urge to self-harm.

Research suggests that young people who self-harm often do so impulsively. For this reason, self-harm prevention methods focus on finding alternative ways to manage distress.

Distraction tactics may help resist the urge to cut. A person can try to distract themselves by:

-calling a friend

-counting to 1,000

-watching a film or favourite TV series

-making a cup of tea or a snack

-doing some housework

-going for a walk

Distracting themselves may help a person delay self-harm until the urge has passed.

Self-harm may be a response to deep emotional pain and sadness. A way to manage these emotions without self-harm is through self-care.

Self-care is any activity that promotes well-being by making a person feel soothed or comforted.

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If you are experiencing difficulties with your mental health, please seek advice from a medical professional or the Samaritans helpline at 116 123.