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Myths around self-harm
Distinguish the truth from fiction and help dispel the myths around self-harm.
People who harm themselves are not 'mad' or 'bad'. They are usually finding life difficult and see self-harm as a way to cope.
Telling someone about self-harm is hard, and whoever you tell should respect your right to privacy.
If you've been suffering from a mental health problem for some time it's likely that your doctor (GP) will suggest some medication.
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