Self-inflicted harm

The media can be a good and bad influence at the same time. Apart from creating awareness to a certain social stigma, it might also be able to influence others to do the same.

Bringing attention to people with self-inflicted harm, many had despise the act or sometimes think that those who self inflicts harm are attention seeker. Honestly speaking, people whom hurt themselves needs your support rather than you mocking them.

Do you know of the 'significance' the pain brings to these group of people? The act of hurting themselves ain't for the mere pleasure of the pain nor to seek for attention but the pain could somehow in one way or another help to justify their existence in the world.

Some people harm themselves because they felt so numb about their life with all the stress and problems that they are facing. While some hurt themselves so that the physical pain can help them relieve their emotional pain even if it's just for a few seconds.


The most common way of self-inflicted pain would be cutting, burning or starving oneself or abuse of alcohol, drug. While minor ways of self harm includes biting, banging or even pulling hair because it wouldn't left scars on the body. The marks can be easily hide and will go off after a certain time frame. So nobody would notice it.

Many "self-harmers" are very self-conscious of their wounds and scars and feel guilty about their behaviour and thus leading them to conceal their behaviour from others. They are not attention-seekers as people think they are.

Don't scorn/mock people because of their behaviour. Seek to understand before you act.

Read more: http://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/publications/?EntryId5=38712