Self-harm is difficult to talk about but it’s a common problem and you can beat it. If you’re in danger or know someone that is, call emergency services on 000.
Self-harm is when you hurt yourself on purpose. You usually do it because something else feels wrong. It seems like the only way to let those feelings out. It is a very common behaviour in young people. If you self-harm it is usually as a result of another problem. It can happen if you are feeling anxious, depressed, stressed or bullied and feel you don’t have any other way of dealing with these issues
Our youth centres offer short-term programs where you can learn more about positive self-image and managing mental health issues, including self-harm. You can also get access to counselling and other forms of support.
Young Health Minds program
If you’re in Newcastle, you may also be able to access our Young Healthy Minds program. The program helps young people (up to 18 years of age) who show the early signs of, or are at risk of developing, mental illness. We tailor our services to meet the needs of young person so they can build the skills and confidence they need to achieve their goals.
In addition to the services we offer through our youth programs, you may also find the following websites useful for their information about self-harm:
- Headspace: helpful information and resources about self-harm for young people
- Smiling Mind : mindfulness meditation resources, including The Mindfulness Curriculum designed for Primary School Years 1-6.
If you want to speak to someone about your mental health please call Lifeline on 13 11 14. If you or someone you know if in danger call emergency services on 000.