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

Our approach to treating self-harm includes individualised programmes based on current clinical evidence. You may attend as an outpatient, day patient or inpatient.

Talking therapies

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.

“When you have a problem and you drink, take drugs or gamble, the problem won’t go away. Stay and tackle the problem”