Cutting, scratching, burning

Self-harm is defined as causing injury to yourself without necessarily having any suicidal intent. Self harm can affect people of any age, gender or background. There are many manifestations of self-harming behaviour, including cutting, scratching, burning or hitting the skin, hair pulling, ingesting poisonous substances, or other harmful actions. Self-harm may indicate a cry for help, or more commonly be a dark secret in a person’s life which goes unnoticed for long periods of time even by those close to the sufferer. Often people who self-harm are ashamed and scared of what others will think, and will go to extreme lengths to hide their self-harm rather than draw attention to it.

At CHARTER we are careful to assess your patterns of harm, as we know that you feel a lot of shame around your self-harming behaviours. Too often people dismiss self-harm as attention seeking, and this may actually be true, as it may be the only way a person knows how to ask for attention or cry for help. At CHARTER we believe it is attention that you really need, and it is what you will get here. The right kind of attention, one that you can trust and respect so that you can gain insight into what you’re doing, understand how you feel and learn how to manage those feelings in a healthy way.

People harm themselves for a wide variety of reasons that range from hating how they look, not being able to cope with how they feel, trying to manage difficult events or pressures or as a way to distract from disturbing memories. All of these underlying issues require addressing in a therapeutic environment if the self-harmer is to recover and this is how CHARTER can help. We will provide that safe space where you can begin to explore your life with compassion. Readmore +

Families & partners

It is incredibly difficult witnessing someone you love engage in a pattern of self-harming. Learning how to react so that you show care but don’t get caught up in the negative cycle is one key step in the right direction, self-care is the next. Our popular Family Group on Tuesday evenings is a valued resource for many family members, providing education and support around exactly this kind of boundary, and where many families and partners begin their own recovery journey.

Getting help

We are always happy to answer any questions you may have. You can make an appointment with our assessment team using our Enquiry Form below or simply give us a call so that we can discuss your treatment options and how we can help you or a member of your family.

You might find the information in our PDF library useful. You can download more detailed information about self-harming and other related issues.



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