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Tips to aid recovery


People who self-injure might be given the option to see a counsellor, psychologist, therapist, psychiatrist, or mental health team. A trained mental health clinician will be able to help people who self-injure to figure out how to cope differently with their feelings and experiences.Talking about things might help people understand what made them start self-injury in the first place - if they don't already know.

However recovery from self-injury is not simply about stopping the behaviour. Recovery is a long process that will include exploring the reasons for self-injury, and learning how to cope with difficult emotions. It is not uncommon for people to continue to have thoughts of self-injury for a long time after the behaviour stops. The important thing is to focus on how to cope with intense or unwanted emotions and to keep practicing new coping strategies.

Coping Strategies


Here are some ways to avoid NSSI, cope with difficult times or just have some fun!


  • Grow a plant from seeds

  • Watch a film

  • Listen to music

  • Sing very loud

  • Make something with origami

  • Contact family and friends

  • Try aromatherapy

  • Go for a walk

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