What if I don’t get help?

About 1 in 3 people who self-harm for the first time will do it again during the following year.


  • About 3 in 100 people who self-harm over 15 years will actually kill themselves. This is more than 50 times the rate for people who don’t self-harm. The risk increases with age and is much greater for men.
  • Cutting can give you permanent scarring. If nerves or tendons are damaged by cutting, this can lead to numbness or weakness.

If you need help, or someone to talk to – PLEASE call the Samaritans.