How can I help someone who self-harms?

Many people do things that they know are harmful to themselves to help them to cope with difficult emotions or experiences. This might be eating or drinking too much or taking drugs. Sometimes people intentionally harm themselves for the same reasons. 

If someone trusts you enough to confide in you about their self-harm, you can start to help them immediately. First, honour their trust in you by showing them kindness, love and compassion. Second, help them get the support they need by asking their permission to contact Pieta House on their behalf. Reassure the person that you’ll come with them, even if they’re over 18.

Help us to help them – contact Pieta House.