Self-harm is when somebody intentionally damages or injures their own body. It is a way of expressing deep emotional feelings such as low self-esteem, or coping with traumatic events, such as the death of a loved one.

Self-harm is a way of expressing distress, rather than an illness, although it can also be linked to other mental health conditions.

Self-harm is most common among 15 to 19 year olds, and those suffering from anxiety and depression.

Read more about self-harm on the NHS website.

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