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Self-harm

Self-harm is when you hurt yourself as a way of dealing with difficult feelings, painful memories, or overwhelming situations and experiences. There are multiple reasons why people may self-harm.

Eating difficulties and body image

Body image is the subjective sense we have of our appearance and our body. Unlike what others see when they look at us, our body image is often different from the objective size and shape of our body. It is common for people to feel dissatisfied with their body image, and this can affect one's self worth. In some cases, this can lead to mental health issues including a difficult relationship with food and eating. (National Centre for Eating Disorders, 2018)

Student Services provides support for students with eating disorders. You can phone 01334 462020, email theASC@, or book an appointment with a Wellbeing Adviser.

Signs you might be struggling to cope

Everyone has a different response when struggling to cope, but the following symptoms are common (Samaritans, 2018). If these describe you or someone you know, talk to someone.

  • Lacking energy or feeling tired
  • Feeling restless and agitated
  • Feeling tearful
  • Not wanting to talk to or be with people
  • Not wanting to do things you usually enjoy
  • Using alcohol or drugs to cope with feelings
  • Finding it hard to cope with everyday things

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