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Claver Heart Beats: Self-Harm and Self-Injury

Many mental health topics and community organisations that adolescents, parents and teachers may find helpful as an information starting point.

What is Self Harm?

Self-harm is when someone deliberately injures themselves. This is also referred to as self-injury or deliberate self-harm.

Some of the more common self harming behaviours include: cutting, burning and scratching. Excessive alcohol and drug

misuse does not usually come under this definition.



Self harm refers to people deliberately hurting their bodies. Common types of self harm among young people include cutting (e.g. cutting the skin on arms, wrists or thighs), burning the skin, picking at wounds or scars, self hitting, or deliberately overdosing on medication, drugs or other substances that cause harm


Suicide Call-Back Line

Suicide Call Back Service

1300 659 467

Helping a Friend who Self-Harms


Kids Helpline


Beyond Blue