‘Bad’ behaviour is often caused by an unfulfilled need. Addressing the need is often a much more effective strategy than addressing the behaviour.
Some may benefit from professional help for self-harm: this can be accessed through your GP, and Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service provision can be accessed through a referral by your GP, school nurse, or teacher.
An important step forward is making the decision to learn to live without self-harm, and being prepared to face underlying issues that may have caused the behaviour in the first place.
Self-harm is usually conducted at times of anger, distress, fear, emotional worry, depression or low self-esteem in order to manage negative feelings that cannot be dealt with in a rational or logical way by the self-harmer.
Self-harm can be used as a form of self-punishment for something that the self-harmer has done, thinks they have done, are told by someone else that they have done, or that they have allowed to be done to themselves.