Many who do harm themselves are very clever in hiding or pretending around others. To help the person who has self-harming behavior in a caring and understanding way, it will be useful for you to learn and know what is self harming behavior and then what are the signs to see in your loved one. Useful resources are given below.
Make sure you recognize and learn the warning signs where you can act on them. But never feel responsible for any harm one may do to themselves.
“A behavior wherein a person has the tendency to harm oneself. It may be either direct or an indirect result of their actions; that is frequently marked by an impulse, but also includes chronic injurious behaviors.”
These warning signs are a collection of the most common signs that people give when contemplating harming themselves. Someone may or may not give any of these self harming behavior signs to tip you off.
How can you help someone who is depressed and may be on their way to feeling there is no help? Remember these simple things in mind to help someone who is showing self harming behavior.
If you feel the person isn’t in immediate danger, you can say things like, “I can tell you’re really hurt”, and “I care about you and will do my best to help you.”
Then follow through – help them find a mental health professional. Getting counseling is crucial for the most high risk and severe risk cases. Be by their side when they make that first phone call, or go along with them to their first appointment. It’s not a good idea to leave it up to a person to get help on their own. Being supportive can mean so much to the one who’s in pain.
It is important that you continue on with your support over the duration. Don’t start supporting them then let it dwindle off and stop. The warning signs of suicide may return and no one will be there to notice.
For more information on how to help someone with Self harming behavior, more insights about how to overcome suicidal thoughts or help for self-harm prevention or to ask any questions related to how to prevent self harm in an adored one, visit us at Cadabam’s or contact us at 9611194949.