Self-injury, also known as self-harm or self-abuse, means that someone hurts themself on purpose but doesn’t intend to end their own life. When a person self-injures, they may be trying to cope with difficult or overwhelming thoughts or feelings.
Self-injury is not a mental illness, but it may be a sign that someone needs care and support. Sometimes, self-injury can be a sign of a mental health issue or a mental illness. If you or someone you know is self-injuring, there is help.