RMY19: Self-harm

Duration10 minutes
Learning ObjectivesTo understand that self-harm is different to suicide as there is no intent to end their own life.
Tools/materials for the PresenterRural Minds Youth PowerPoint – Self-harm
Lesson ComponentsSelf-harm is distinct to suicide, as the activity has no intent to result in death. Tragically, people sometimes make a mistake and the self-harm can result in death.
People self-harm for various reasons – some do it to let the psychological pain out, others do it so that they can actually feel something.
Some of the common factors that can increase the likelihood of someone self-harming include, poor coping skills, mental health conditions, being bullied, physical illness or disability, and trauma, neglect or abuse.
There are many ways someone may self-harm. You may realise someone is self-harming if their behaviour is out of character. For example, they are always wearing long sleeves or a jumper, even when the weather is very hot, because they are covering their injuries.
Or might notice they have drastic mood swings.
There is help available. If someone is self-harming, they need to see a counsellor, psychiatrist or a doctor.
Key messagesSelf-harm is distinct to suicide, as the person is not trying to die.
Sometimes self-harm accidentally results in death.
People self-harm for various reasons, some do it to let the psychological pain out, while others it so that they can feel something.
ReflectionWhat is the difference between self-harm and suicide?
A: People who self-harm are not trying to die.
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