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Factitious Injuries


Factitious Injuries, also known as self-harm is when somebody intentionally damages or injures their body. It's usually a way of coping with or expressing overwhelming emotional distress.

Sometimes when people self-harm, they feel on some level that they intend to die. Over half of people who die by suicide have a history of self-harm.

However, the intention is more often to punish themselves, express their distress or relieve unbearable tension. Sometimes the reason is a mixture of both. Self-harm can also be a cry for help.

More information and resources are available from the Selfharm UK website.
MIND also have a range of information and resources available through their website.
Examples of self-harming may include:
  • cutting
  • poisoning
  • over-eating or under-eating
  • biting
  • picking or scratching skin
  • burning
  • hitting self or walls
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