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Gender diverse youth and self-harm

Some young people like us hurt ourselves on purpose to deal with our bad feelings. This part is for young visitors who need help.

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Kinds of self-harm

Self-harm usually starts when people are teenagers. Sometimes people start sooner. Many people who self-harm want to stop thinking about suicide. Experts call it non-suicidal self injury.

Cutting, stabbing, deep scratches

This is the most common kind. About 80% of self-harm is cutting.

  • Cuts on skin, especially arms or legs
  • Patterns, especially parallel lines
  • Using a razor, knife, or other sharp object

Other body injuries

  • Burning skin
  • Bruising yourself (hitting a body part on something)
  • Hitting yourself
  • Sticking needles or other things under the skin (self-embedding)
  • Hair plucking, especially on face and scalp (trichotillomania, TTM, or trich)

Drugs, chemicals, alcohol

  • Alcohol misuse
  • Over the counter drug misuse
  • Prescription drug misuse
  • Drinking small amounts of chemicals like household cleaners

Eating and self-harm

  • Anorexia
  • Bulimia
  • Making yourself throw up
  • Exercising till you are hurt


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Note: This page is intended for young people ages 13 and above.