Self-harm is a behavior and not an illness. People self-harm to cope with distress or to communicate that they are distressed. It includes self-poisoning and overdoses, minor injury, as well as potentially dangerous and life-threatening forms of injury. It does not mean body piercing, getting a tattoo, unusual sex, or the recreational use of drugs and alcohol. Some people who self-harm are suicidal at the time. Others report never feeling suicidal. . Examples of self-harm or self-injurious behaviors include cutting and Trichotillomania.
- Self-harm is a behavior that can occur in many different disorders and situations.
- Self-harm may be an attempt at suicide, although not necessarily so.
- Safety plan for a student who is self-harming: Suicide Prevention & Response: A Comprehensive Resource Guide for Indiana Schools www.doe.in.gov/sites/default/files/sebw/suicide-resource-guide-indiana-schools-4.pdf It offers a few sample safety plans and has some safety plan apps you may want to explore too. (Brandie Oliver, bmoliver
- Sample Safety Plans:
- About self-injury from Cornell University
- What is Self-Injury? from Cornell University
- Columbia-Suicide Severity Rating Scale
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