Self-Injury Awareness Day 2020
Unfortunately, self-harm is often a behavior that accompanies mental health and developmental disorders such as depression, eating disorders, PTSP, and an autism spectrum disorder.
People often keep it a secret, because self-harm causes feelings of shame. However, hurting oneself is a sign of significant emotional distress. The urge to harm oneself often stems from overwhelming feelings of anger, pain, or shame.
Many people with mental illness use self-harm as a coping mechanism, unaware of other ways to manage mental pain. So, self-harm is often a behavior that signals that a person needs to learn better coping strategies. Support is available as there are effective treatments for self-harm that usually involve psychotherapy and medication.