Signs of Self-Harm
Professionals that support people are often worried that they don’t know what to look out for when they are worried about someone self-harming. We put together this resource with some signs that can indicate that someone might be harming themselves.
- Appearing sad, moody, angry or quiet
- Stressful life events, or trauma
- Changes in sleeping patterns
- Seeming withdrawn
- Losing interest in activities they used to enjoy
- Unexplained cuts, marks, bruises or burns
- Smell of antiseptic
- Sharp objects or first aid materials disappearing
- Covering up with clothing, even in hot weather
- Low self-esteem, or feeling worthless
- Increased need for privacy or secrecy
- Changes in eating or exercise patterns
- Spending a lot of time alone
- Taking an extra long time in the bathroom
It is important to remember that there may be a number of reasons that someone might be showing any of these signs, and that it might not necessarily mean they are self-harming. You can use this information, along with the information in our Starting the Conversation resource, to help you speak to the person you are supporting about your concerns.
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