Firstly we want to let you know that you will find no judgement here at Talk To Tom. We understand that you have been going through a tough time and we are here to help.
Self-harm can take many forms and is often a way of expressing feelings that you may be finding hard to articulate.
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It can sometimes be helpful to tell a close friend, family member or someone you trust about how you have been hurting yourself.
Self harm can take many forms and can range from purposefully cutting yourself, to eating or drinking to much and many other forms. If you feel you are harming yourself in anyway please get in touch.
Some advice from the HSE:
It's important for anyone who self-harms to see their GP. They can treat any physical injury and recommend further assessment, if necessary.
Your GP is likely to ask you about your feelings in some detail. They'll want to:
It's important to be honest with your GP about your symptoms and your feelings. If you don't know why you self-harm, tell your GP this.
Seek immediate help for an injury or overdose
Some physical injuries may need to be treated at an emergency department or injury unit. For example if somebody is unconscious, call 999.
You may also need to call 999 for an ambulance if you or somebody else:
After seeing your GP, they could refer you for further assessment. This would be with professionals in local community mental health services or other specialised services.
If you have attended ED after self-harming, you will:
During an assessment, you'll usually be asked about:
You'll be asked for your consent to treatment before any begins.
Your care plan:
In many cases, psychological treatment (talking therapies) is recommended for people who self-harm. Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is one type of talking therapy.
This involves sessions with a therapist to talk about your thoughts and feelings. They can help you to see how these affect your behaviour and wellbeing.
Evidence suggests these kinds of treatments can be effective in the long term for people who self-harm.
Your treatment plan may involve medication, as well as psychological treatment, if you have a mental health problem such as:
Specialists involved in your care
During your assessment and treatment, there are different healthcare professionals you may see, such as:
If you have lost a close relative, you may be referred to a specialist bereavement counsellor. They can help you to cope with bereavement.
Some people's self-harm begins after an incident of rape or physical or mental abuse. In this case, you may be referred to someone trained in dealing with victims of sexual assault or domestic abuse.
Some people's self-harm is linked to anorexia nervosa or bulimia. In this case, you may be referred to a specialist in eating disorders and a dietitian or nutritionist.
Drugs or alcohol:
Some people's self-harm is linked to misusing alcohol or drugs. You might be advised to attend a self-help group. This could be Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous. These groups can offer support as you try to stop self-harming.
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