Self-Injury Awareness Day: When a loved one self-injures, symptoms and causes of self-harm -
Self-Injury Awareness Day: When a loved one self-injures, symptoms and causes of self-harm
Posted 01 Mar 2017 02:38 PM


New Delhi: Self-harm (SH), also known as self-injury, remains a misunderstood condition even today. This condition can happen to people of all ages, ethnic groups and religions, but unfortunately many still lack the knowledge about how best to deal with or support a friend or family member who self-harms.

Self-injury occurs when a person deliberately and repeatedly harms the surface of his/her own body in a way that is impulsive, but not intended to be lethal. Although it's typically not meant as a suicide attempt, self-injury is an unhealthy way to cope with emotional pain, intense anger and frustration.

Raising awareness about self-harm in incredibly important. Doing so can help to understanding, removing judgment and fear, as well as reducing the number of people who feel alone and suffer from this silent behaviour.

There are many reasons that lead someone to self-harm, but in most cases people do it to cope with their overwhelming mental or emotional health problems, such as anxiety, depression.

Certain factors that may increase the risk of self-injury, including, age, life issues, excessive alcohol or drug abuse, having friends who self-injure, etc.

Signs and symptoms of self-injury may include-

Cutting or stabbing the skin with a sharp object - usually on the wrists, arms, thighs and chest
Scratching to hurt one's self
Hair pulling
Alcohol or drugs abuse
Wearing long sleeves or long pants to keep themselves fully covered, even in hot weather
Social withdrawal and isolation
Signs of depression and other mental health conditions
Changes in eating habits or being secretive about eating
Low self-esteem
Poor functioning at work, school or home.
If you're injuring yourself or have thoughts of harming yourself, do not keep it to yourself, but reach out for help by talking to someone you trust. Seek help from your doctor or other health care provider.

Similarly, if you think a friend or a family member displays the signs of self-harm, do not hesitate to talk to the person and offer help, including encouraging him/her to seek medical and mental health treatment.

Self-injury Awareness Day (SIAD), also known as Self-Harm Awareness Day, is a grassroots annual global awareness event held on March 1 each year. The main objective of the event is to to raise awareness about self-harm and self-injury - which means educating people who do not self-injure, and reaching out to people who do

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