Is Self Harm and Suicidal Feelings Linked?

Self-harm is when someone deliberately tries to harm or injure themselves. Someone may do this more than once.

There are different views on whether someone trying to take their own life is the same as self-harm.

People do not normally self-harm to take their own life. Instead, people can self harm to deal with emotional pain, punish themselves or express distress to other people.

If the person you care for self-harms, they may do this privately and may not want to talk openly about it. You can try to talk to them about why they do it.


Let them know that you do not judge them and are there to talk if they need to. If they refuse to stop self-harming then you may be able to persuade them to do it safely, or to try safer alternative methods. It is unlikely that they will stop altogether just because you have asked them to.