someone who is self harming
Information on how to help someone who you suspect or know to be self-harming
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Firstly, you have come to the right place - we are here to help. We know that you must be feeling frightened, scared and alone. You may be feeling like you don’t want to tell anyone how you feel as you are afraid of how you they might react - or maybe you don’t have the words to express how you are feeling. Here are some ways to help you through this time.
Talk to someone.
This may seem like a very daunting step, but it’s important to remember that you matter and people care for you. If you are concerned about yourself it is important that you reach out. Pick some on you trust - tell them that you are not feeling yourself. You can even write something down how you have been feeling before hand to help you through your conversation. It’s easy to understand a physical pain - but emotional pain can be confusing and complex. It may be more difficult to comprehend why you feel a certain way. Don’t worry this is extremely common, and you’re not the first person to feel this way. If you find it difficult to talk face to face with someone then you can always send an email, a text message or a letter. What’s important is that you share your suicidal feelings with someone. It doesn’t even have to be someone you know, it can be a counsellor, a therapist, your doctor or even a police officer.
Go to a safe place.
This can be anywhere that you feel safe. It’s important that you try and avoid being alone, if you can join family members, loved ones or room mates. Invite people over, or visit them.
Get rid of anything you could use to hurt yourself.
If there is anything in your home that you could use to harm or hurt yourself please dispose of it immediately or give it to someone you trust.
If you have a plan of how you might cause harm to yourself, share that plan with someone.
Other services you where you can reach someone to talk to are:
Samaritans offers a 24 hour listening service over text message, text 'Hello' to 087 260 9090 to get started (standard text messaging rates apply) or call 116 123 to talk to someone over the phone.
Childline text and instant messaging services are available from 10am - 4am every day to young people under 18, text 'Talk' to 50101 to talk to a trained counsellor by text message or call 1800 66 66 66.
Visit Your GP:
We always recommend that you visit your GP if you have suicidal feelings. Don’t feel embarrassed or ashamed. Your doctor is a professional health care provider and will be familiar with how you are feeling. You mental health is just that - your health. You would visit your GP if you had been feeling physically unwell right ? Your emotional health is just as important as your physical well-being - in fact the two go hand in hand. If you don’t have a current GP you can find a list of services in your area here. You can also contact the CareDoc service on 1850 334 999
Contact the Emergency Services:
If you are an immediate danger to yourself and are going through a suicidal crisis please contact the emergency services by dialling 999 or visit your nearest Emergency Department.