Self-harm occurs when people intentionally hurt themselves, without intending suicide (although self-harm can result in death). Self-harm can result from a range of harmful behaviours, but the most common form of self-harm for teenagers is cutting. Often self-harming behaviour will be hidden from others, which can make it incredibly difficult to assess. The reasons for self-harm are not clearly understood, and may differ from person to person. Given the extremely serious nature of self-harm, and the potential for serious physical danger, it is crucial that those at risk of self-harming receive psychological support as early as possible

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