In recognition of self harm which is a serious issue, March has been designated as Self Harm Awareness Month. This is an important time to raise awareness about self harm, educate people about the causes and warning signs, and provide support to those who may be struggling with this issue.

Self harm is a form of coping mechanism that some people use to deal with overwhelming emotions, stress, or trauma. It can take many forms, such as cutting, burning, hitting, or scratching oneself. It is also important to be aware that there are other forms of self harm such as binge eating, substance abuse, and even spending excessive amounts of money. While self harm may provide temporary relief, it ultimately causes more harm than good, and can lead to serious physical and emotional consequences.

It is important to be aware of the warning signs of self harm, which can include:

  • Unexplained cuts, burns, or bruises
  • Wearing long sleeves or pants in warm weather
  • Isolation and withdrawing from friends and family
  • Difficulty expressing emotions
  • Talking about feeling hopeless or helpless


One of the main causes of self harm is a lack of effective coping mechanisms. People who self harm may feel like they have no other way to deal with their emotions, and may not know how to express their feelings in a healthy way. Trauma, abuse, and mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety can also contribute to self harm.

It’s important to remember that self harm is not a choice, it’s a symptom of underlying issues that need to be addressed.

If you or someone you know is struggling with self harm, it is important to seek help. There are many resources available, such as counseling, support groups, and hotlines. Altius Mind Institute is here to help. Click here to book an appointment.