Self-harm is an act in which someone hurts themself intentionally. It can take many different forms such as cutting, burning or biting, over or under-eating or consuming harmful substances. Sometimes, when someone is struggling with extremely painful and difficult emotions, memories or situations, they may resort to self-harm as a way to cope. The reasons why someone might turn to self-harm can be complicated Self-care techniques can help prevent some mental health difficulties developing as well as to manage any ongoing symptoms. and vary from person to person. Some people try harming themselves once or twice, particularly if their friends have done so too. For others, however, it can become a dangerous habit which may later be difficult to break. It is important to remember that self-harm can carry real risks and needs to be taken seriously rather than minimised or dismissed as, “just attention seeking”.