Self-harm is when somebody intentionally damages or injures their own body. It is a way of expressing deep emotional feelings such as low self-esteem, or coping with traumatic events, such as the death of a loved one.

Self-harm is a way of expressing distress, rather than an illness, although it can be linked to other mental health conditions, such as depression.

Research has suggested that self-harm is most common among 15 to 19 year olds, and those suffering from anxiety and depression.

We treat this condition in Adult Mental Health Services and at the Assessment and Treatment Service (CAMHS), Horsham.