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There are lots of misconceptions around self harm. What are your views on the following statements? Click ‘next’ to find out if they are facts or myths!

1. People who self harm are just attention seeking
Fact: Self harm is often a very private thing,
and people can go to great lengths to cover it up.
2. People who self harm have a personality disorder
Fact: Self harm is a behaviour, not an illness,
though self harm can manifest as a part of a mental illness.
3. If self harm does not require stitches or hospital treatment,
then it is not serious
Fact: Injuries rarely equate to the intense emotional distress an individual feels.
All self harm should be taken seriously
4. Self harm is a failed suicide attempt
Fact: Self harm is often a way of keeping oneself alive.

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Gloucestershire Self Harm helpline is a partnership between Rethink Mental Illness and Gloucestershire County Council.

Rethink Mental Illness is a registered charity in the UK. Registered in England Number 1227970. Registered Charity Number 271028.