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Cutting is not the only form of self-harm. Other forms include hair pulling, head banging, scratching, burning and overdosing.


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Around 10% of young people may try and hurt themselves on purpose at some point but the figure could be much higher.


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A study into self-harm among young people found no evidence to suggest it was associated with any particular youth subculture. Self-harm is not ‘a trend’. It is a serious problem that indicates serious emotional distress.


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In the vast majority of cases, self-harm is a coping mechanism, not a suicide attempt. In many cases, people use self-harm as a way to stay alive rather than end their life.


* Most young people who self-harm go to great lengths to draw as little attention as possible to their behaviour by self-harming in private and by harming parts of the body that are not visible to others. Even those closest to the young person are often unaware of it.


We are a group of young people in Plymouth who want to challenge the myths of self-harm. Follow our campaign at #fixersuk. Fixers is a campaign that helps young people ‘use their past to fix the future’ and is part-funded by the National Lottery through the Big Lottery Fund.’ These are the opinions of young people, and should not be relied on or substituted for formal medical advice.

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