Whether you know for sure, or just suspect that a friend or family member is hurting themselves, it can be very difficult to know how to approach the subject. You may experience a number of feelings including anger and shock.
Keep in mind that self-harm usually happens because someone is finding it hard to cope with difficult emotions. Try not to react in anger or panic as this can affect the amount the person feels they can open up to you.
What can you do?
There are several ways you can help. First of all, your attitude and the way you talk to them can make a huge impact.
Avoid being judgemental
Don’t assume you know why the person is self-harming. Everyone is different and has different reasons for their actions. Keep in mind that it is a serious problem and not something that can be brushed off as ‘attention seeking’.