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Self-Harm

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When life sucks and you feel like shit

Life can be rough sometimes, and most people, at one time or another, feel really awful. Learn about why this happens and and what you can do about it.

Self-harm and cutting

Deliberate self harm, self-injury or cutting is when you deliberately inflict physical harm on yourself, usually in secret. Learn about why it happens and how to stop.

Worried about a friend who is self-harming

Self-harm is when people deliberately hurt themselves. Learn about what to do if you are concerned about your friend's actions and safety.

Common thinking errors

Common thinking errors (cognitive errors or cognitive distortions) are easy to make. Learn about ten common thinking errors and ways to stop them.

How can I develop coping strategies?

Developing coping strategies or tools to cope, is a powerful way to deal with life's inevitable challenges. Learn some new ways to cope.

Challenging negative self-talk

Self-talk are those thoughts or things you say to yourself. Self-talk is often negative and skews how we see ourselves. Learn how to identify and manage your self-talk.

How talking to someone can help

Everyone goes through tough times. Learn the benefits of talking to someone about how you're feeling.

Mental illness overview

Mental health problems are common in at least one out of every five people. Learn about some of the causes and types of mental health problems and treatment.

What to expect when calling a helpline

If you’re feeling nervous about calling a helpline, that’s okay. It can be scary to pick up the phone, especially if you don’t know what to expect. This fact sheet can help.

Crisis helplines

If you are feeling suicidal and need someone to talk to now, learn about Lifeline and Your Life Your Voice.

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