The truth about self-harm

for young people and their friends and families
Date of publication: 
02 Mar 2016
Mental Health Foundation

This booklet aims to help you understand more about self-harm and what to do if you are worried about yourself for someone else. It explains what self-harm is, what to do if you or someone you know is self-harming, and how to get help.

All of the information here is based on the findings of the National Inquiry into Self-harm among young people. The Inquiry was carried out by two charities, The Mental Health Foundation and The Camelot Foundation.

The Inquiry panel heard evidence from many hundreds of people including young people who self-harm, or have self-harmed in the past, and those who work with or care about them. This booklet is based on what they said. For more information about the National Inquiry, and a full list of contributors, see the Truth Hurts report at

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