Talking is something we all do pretty naturally anyway, but talking about self-harm can seem scary or hard to do. It doesn’t have to be. When you’re ready to, just talking about what you’re struggling with can be really helpful.

People have told us that talking with someone they trust and telling them what they’re going through, to get everything out of their head and off their chest leaves them feeling relieved. Sharing how you’re feeling is better than keeping everything to yourself, and it could leave you feeling like a big weight has been lifted off your shoulders.

Talk to someone you feel comfortable with. If that’s friends or family, make sure it’s someone you know and trust. If you’d prefer talking to someone outside of your situation, you might find it useful to ring a helpline. Check out a list of helplines here.

Read some more advice about telling someone you self-harm.

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