Usually self-injury is NOT an attempt to die.
Most people who self-injure say they do it to feel better, to express their pain and/or to stop feeling numb. In fact, some people who self-injure even say they do it to stop themselves from acting on urges and thoughts to kill themselves. Although self-injury and suicide attempts are different behaviours, many individuals who self-injure also may struggle at times with suicidal feelings.
Non-Suicidal Self-Injury (NSSI), also referred to as self-injury or self-harm, is the deliberate and direct destruction of one’s body tissue without suicidal intent and not for body modification purposes. Therefore, this definition does not include tattooing or piercing, or indirect injury such as substance abuse and eating disorders.
These free guides were developed after a series of workshops by Dr Wendy Lader in June 2018. Feel free to download and share.