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SIAD occurs on March 1 every year and has done so for 16 years or more. It is an international event that is recognised across the globe.
Raising awareness about self-injury is incredibly important. Awareness leads to understanding and empathy, banishing judgment and fear, and reducing the number of people who feel alone and suffer in silence.
What is self-injury?
Self-injury is any deliberate, non-suicidal behaviour that inflicts physical injury to a person’s own body. Self-injury is believed to be a coping mechanism that enables a person to deal with emotional distress.
The injuries themselves can help the person to validate their pain - creating a “real” pain that is easier to cope with than the hidden emotional pain.
Self-injury usually has an immediate effect, creating instant relief for the person. But it needs to be remembered that this relief is only temporary; the underlying emotional issues still remain. Over time, self-injury can become a person’s automatic response to the ordinary strains of everyday life, and both severity and self-injury may increase.
Self-injury can affect anyone, regardless of their age, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation or personal strength. There are many ways people self-harm. Most commonly known ways are cutting, burning and scratching.
How to help someone who self-harms
If someone tells you they are self-harming, then your initial reaction will have a great impact on them. Try not to act shocked and don’t panic - self injury is a coping mechanism; not necessarily suicidal behaviour.
The following may help you support someone who is self-harming:
• Educate yourself about self-injury at
• Try not to be negative and accuse the person of seeking attention, this is unhelpful and may stop the person talking to you about it.
• Try to give reassurance to them that you are available to support and talk if they want to.
• Avoid gossiping about their behaviour to other people. They are likely to already be struggling emotionally. Hearing gossip about themselves could worsen their feelings.
• Try to focus on the underlying emotional issues rather than the self-injury itself.
• Don’t tell them to stop, self-injury is something that they may have come to rely on to cope and alternative methods of coping must be found first to make this possible. Self- injury can take a long time to stop.
• Recognise your own limitations and, if needed, encourage the person to seek professional support.
• Remember to take care of yourself. It is difficult supporting someone who self-harms, seek support for yourself if you need it.
Self-injury is a way of coping with emotional distress and is non-suicidal behaviour. However, the same problems that cause the emotional distress can lead to suicidal thoughts.
If the person ever mentions suicide, then encourage them
to seek professional help. Professional support can be obtained via the person’s GP, A&E department or NHS Direct.
Confidential support and advice may also be sought via the Occupational Health Team or Employee Assistance Programme Optum.
The Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) can be contacted on 0800 282 193 or you can get more information by going to: (please contact Occupational Health if you are
unsure what the username is).
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