Self-harm treatment at Nightingale Hospital
Self-harm is when you hurt yourself as a way of managing intense feelings and distressing thoughts. Self-harming can take many forms including scratching, cutting and burning. Self-harm can be understood and treated using a variety of approaches. It is important that in a crisis situation, you attend A&E or your local emergency services.
Treatment for self-harm at Nightingale Hospital
Counselling can help reach feelings, address past problems and help manage your feelings and problems in a different way in the future. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, known as CBT, takes a practical approach to look at what happens just before self-harm, encouraging to keep a diary of self-harming episodes.
Tips for those who are self-harming
What to do to stop self-harming?
- It may be useful to keep a daily diary of events and feelings and to record how you cope with or channel powerful emotions of anger, pain or happiness.
- Keep notes of what is going on when you feel the need to harm yourself.
- Try to talk about your feelings with someone supportive.
- Have the telephone numbers of friends or helplines where you can find them easily, in case you need to talk to somebody in a crisis.
How to help someone who is self-harming?
It’s important that you appreciate how difficult your friend or relative is finding life. Showing them you want to understand will matter a great deal. You can begin by gently encouraging your loved one to talk to someone about why they self-harm. If someone you love is self-harming, it can be very difficult to cope with your own feelings. Try to enlist the help of family, friends and professionals to support yourself.