Self-injury more about coping than a cry for help – Between 63% and 78% of non-suicidal people who self-injure do it as a short-term strategy to ease emotional distress. However, though self-injuring may work for short periods, the effect can be short lived, and make matters worse in the long term.

New research has revealed that most people who harm themselves do it as a way to deal with their emotional pain, rather than a cry for help. While people do harm themselves as a way to communicate with, or to influence the behaviour of, others, only about 23% to 33% of people who self-injure say they do this. Clinical Psychologist Dr Peter...

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