At Freedom Care we care for and assist families with complex needs specialising in providing quality health care to help improve the lives of children or adults diagnosed with Autism, Personality Disorders, Aspergers, ADHD, mental health issues and Learning disabilities with recognised Autistic traits.

One of situations we sadly come across, especially in our younger service users, is the battle against self-harming. Through specialist care services and mental health care our staff are fully trained in assisting troubled teens who have found themselves in this routine.

Because cutting and other means of self-harm tend to be taboo subjects, the people around suffers may harbor misconceptions about the motivations and state of mind. Myths can sometimes get in the way of getting help so today we’re going to do some serious mythbusting!

Myth: People who cut and self-injure are trying to get attention.

Fact: The painful truth is that people who self-harm generally do so in secret. They aren’t trying to manipulate others or draw attention to themselves. In fact, shame and fear can make it very difficult to come forward and ask for help.

Myth: People who self-injure are crazy and/or dangerous.

Fact: It is true that many people who self-harm suffer from anxiety, depression, or a previous trauma – just like millions of others in the general population. Self-injury is how they cope. Slapping them with a “crazy” or “dangerous” label isn’t accurate or particularly helpful.

Myth: People who self-injure want to die.

Fact: Self-injurers usually do not want to die. When they self-harm, they are not trying to kill themselves; they are trying to cope with their pain. In fact, self-injury may be a way of helping themselves go on living. However, in the long-term, people who self-injure have a much higher risk of suicide, which is why it’s so important to seek help.

Myth: If the wounds aren’t bad, it’s not that serious.

Fact: The severity of a person’s wounds has very little to do with how much he or she may be suffering. Don’t assume that because the wounds or injuries are minor, there’s nothing to worry about.

If you, or someone in your life, would benefit from more information about this subject, or what we can do at Freedom Care to assist, then please get in touch.

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