Self harm

Forms of self harm

While cutting, which is the act of making severe scratches or cuts on different parts of the body, is the most common form of self-harming behaviour, there are a number of other ways in which an individual can harm themselves.

Forms of self-harm can include:

  • Burning (with matches, cigarettes, or hot objects)
  • Carving symbols into skin
  • Breaking bones
  • Hitting or punching
  • Biting
  • Head banging
  • Piercing
  • Pulling out hair
  • Picking at wound that interferes with healing