Well in Mind: How to Support Someone who Self-Harms
How to Support Someone who Self-Harms
- Recognize that self-injury is usually a symptom of serious psychological distress
- Avoid any negative reactions to the self-injury
- Discuss the situation calmly, let the person know you have noticed the injuries and are concerned
- Focus on ways to stop the distress
- Encourage the person to speak to someone they trust the next time they feel the urge to self-harm
- Focus on stopping self-injury (although not healthy, this is a way of coping, and if there is no alternative coping in place their distress could actually become even more severe)
- Trivialize the feelings or situations that have led to self-injury. You don’t have to agree with why they feel the way they do, just focus on how they do feel and focus on that.
- Punish the person
- Threaten to withdraw care
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