Information and Resources

Self-harm Mental Health

Self-harm or self injury refers to people deliberately hurting their bodies and is often done in secret without anyone else knowing. Some young people do it once, while others do it to cope with particularly stressful events or as a way of coping over time. Read Self-harm Fact Sheet.
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Check out the resources below to see what can help.


Your first step is to decide that you want things to be different, that you want a longer term solution to how you feel. Then it is about setting realistic goals that you can work towards. It might take a little while, and there might be some hurdles along the way, but it is important to keep trying and to get the support that you need.

It can be hard to talk with the people who care about you if you’re worried about how they will react to your self-harm. When you first talk to people about it they might be shocked and have difficulty understanding it, but that doesn’t mean they won’t support you – they might just need some time to understand what you’re going through. Others might be relieved to talk with you about it; they might have seen your scars but not known what to say. You can take your time to explain your situation, or you might tell them everything at once.

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How to Get Help

Do you need someone to talk to and point you in a right direction? Are you ready to talk?

  • Emergency
    If it’s an emergency, please contact your hospital or dial 911.
  • Call or chat online
    You can call Kids Help Phone at 1-800-668-6868 or chat with a Kids Help Phone counselor online in a Live Chat.
  • Kinark Services
    If you have a question about Kinark’s services, please call us at 1-888-454-6275.
  • Find a mental health centre in Ontario – visit Children’s Mental Health Ontario’s website.