Suicide and Self-Harm

Suicidal lady on floor

How can counselling help?

There is no rule about why some people choose to harm themselves and often people don’t really know why but they do know they are struggling. By asking for help they are taking the first step to getting better.

Is it time to talk?

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The Love Trap

I’ve been bad :( It’s mental health awareness week again and I realise I haven’t posted for ages :(( In fact while I'm kicking myself, I’ve also been eating too much sugar and I haven’t done enough exercise, the car needs washing and ... :(((( I can feel my head...

Who needs feelings anyway?

Someone once described emotions as lights on our dashboard. They indicate that something needs our attention under the hood. We can ignore the light, turn it off, even break it. We may be able to carry on for a while, maybe indefinitely limp along, but is it safe and are we the best us that we can be? The problem doesn’t go away unless we look at it.

And…how are you?

This time of year there are traditionally two strong messages circulating from all corners of society.

The Anxious Child

WARNING: the following post is NOT yet another reason to feel like a bad parent. No need to grit your teeth in anguish as you anticipate being shown yet another error in your ways. If your child is fed, deflead and relatively clean, had a real vegetable at some point...

If you or someone you know is planning suicide right now please call The Samaritans first on 116 123.

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What is suicide?

Suicide is serious. It cannot be undone. It is always a choice, never a necessity. Suicide is the choice and intentional action of ending your own life.

There is no rule about why some people decide to end their life, but some people are more susceptible to suicidal thoughts if they are suffering from depression, schizophrenia or bi-polar disorder. Misusing drugs and significant life events can also make some people more vulnerable.

What is self-harm?

Self-harm is a way of coping with or expressing overwhelming emotional distress. Sometimes people intend for themselves to die but mostly people wish to punish themselves, express their distress or relieve unbearable tension. There are many ways in which people can intentionally harm themselves:

  • Cutting or burning their skin
  • punching or banging themselves
  • poisoning themselves (including drinking, smoking and illegal drugs)
  • scratching and hair pulling
  • inserting or swallowing objects

Why do people self-harm?

There is no rule about why some people choose to harm themselves and often people don’t really know why but they do know they are struggling. By asking for help they are taking the first step to getting better.

Some people have described self-harm as a way to:

  • Express something that is hard to put into words
  • make experiences, thoughts or feelings that feel invisible into something visible
  • change emotional pain into physical pain as it is easier to bear
  • reduce overwhelming emotional feelings or thoughts
  • have a sense of being in control
  • escape traumatic memories
  • stop feeling numb, disconnected or dissociated
  • create a reason to physically care for yourself
  • express suicidal feelings and thoughts without taking their life
  • communicate to other people that you are experiencing severe distress
  • to punish themselves
Suicidal lady on floor

If you or someone you know is planning suicide right now please call The Samaritans first on 116 123.

Call The Samaritans

What is suicide?

Suicide is serious. It cannot be undone. It is always a choice, never a necessity. Suicide is the choice and intentional action of ending your own life.

There is no rule about why some people decide to end their life, but some people are more susceptible to suicidal thoughts if they are suffering from depression, schizophrenia or bi-polar disorder. Misusing drugs and significant life events can also make some people more vulnerable.

What is self-harm?

Self-harm is a way of coping with or expressing overwhelming emotional distress. Sometimes people intend for themselves to die but mostly people wish to punish themselves, express their distress or relieve unbearable tension. There are many ways in which people can intentionally harm themselves:

  • Cutting or burning their skin
  • punching or banging themselves
  • poisoning themselves (including drinking, smoking and illegal drugs)
  • scratching and hair pulling
  • inserting or swallowing objects

Why do people self-harm?

There is no rule about why some people choose to harm themselves and often people don’t really know why but they do know they are struggling. By asking for help they are taking the first step to getting better.

Some people have described self-harm as a way to:

  • Express something that is hard to put into words
  • make experiences, thoughts or feelings that feel invisible into something visible
  • change emotional pain into physical pain as it is easier to bear
  • reduce overwhelming emotional feelings or thoughts
  • have a sense of being in control
  • escape traumatic memories
  • stop feeling numb, disconnected or dissociated
  • create a reason to physically care for yourself
  • express suicidal feelings and thoughts without taking their life
  • communicate to other people that you are experiencing severe distress
  • to punish themselves

How can counselling help?

There is no rule about why some people choose to harm themselves and often people don’t really know why but they do know they are struggling. By asking for help they are taking the first step to getting better.

Is it time to talk?

Active Thinking ... our blog

The Love Trap

I’ve been bad :( It’s mental health awareness week again and I realise I haven’t posted for ages :(( In fact while I'm kicking myself, I’ve also been eating too much sugar and I haven’t done enough exercise, the car needs washing and ... :(((( I can feel my head...

Who needs feelings anyway?

Someone once described emotions as lights on our dashboard. They indicate that something needs our attention under the hood. We can ignore the light, turn it off, even break it. We may be able to carry on for a while, maybe indefinitely limp along, but is it safe and are we the best us that we can be? The problem doesn’t go away unless we look at it.

And…how are you?

This time of year there are traditionally two strong messages circulating from all corners of society.

The Anxious Child

WARNING: the following post is NOT yet another reason to feel like a bad parent. No need to grit your teeth in anguish as you anticipate being shown yet another error in your ways. If your child is fed, deflead and relatively clean, had a real vegetable at some point...

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