I want to congratulate you and say well done you for looking up how to self-harm safely, because you and I both know how easy it is, not think clearly when you are not coping well.
I am not able to change your thoughts or challenge your need to self-harm, I understand why you do it and I believe in you, when the time is right you will speak out and ask for support.
Until that time I hope the following tips on how to self-harm safely will at least keep you safe.
- Ensure that anything you are using to cut yourself with is new and clean
- Clean your cutting instrument in antiseptic or with boiling water to sterilise it
- To stem bleeding apply pressure to the open wound and hold up your arm
- Avoid the wrist and elbow area where veins and arteries are well known
- Research and learn where the major veins are arteries are
- Shallow cuts are more painful than deeper ones, so there is no need to cut deep
- Ensure you clean and protect the cuts afterwards
- Seek medical assistance if you become worried at all
Instead of cutting this time, can you do something else? Could you grab a pen and paper and write down why you need to self-harm?
What has triggered your thoughts to self-harm?
How does it make you feel before doing it?
How does self-harming help you?
How do you feel afterwards?
Writing down your thoughts and feelings is a great first step to understanding why you do this.
We have a wide range of self-harming stories right here on the blog, written by everyday people just like you.
You are not alone. You are loved and you are understood. I believe in you that you are strong enough to speak out and ask for support. Living with self-harm alone can become very isolating.
There are a wide range of support networks out there that can help you. Please at least think about breaking this cycle.
Mind – Understanding Self-Harming
Staying Safe - Knowing Your Body