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Self-harm and self-injury

  • Self-harm is when people deliberately hurt their bodies.
  • People sometimes self-harm as a way to cope with strong physical or emotional pain and distress.
  • For some, it happens once, but for others it can happen many times or become a repeated behaviour.
  • Self-harming behaviour is treatable.
  • If a person is self-harming, it doesn’t always mean they’re thinking about suicide.

Further information and support can be found on the Better Health Channel, headspace and Beyond Blue.


Personal, social and environmental factors may alter an individual’s experience or perception of this information. A person’s culture, religion, spirituality or ancestral spirituality can influence how this information relates to your health & wellbeing, as well as your community.

Last Modified: Monday, 20 February 2023