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.
- Supported, a small local charity offering support to carers, friends, and families of those suffering from eating disorders, as well as anyone affected by an eating disorder, in Fife and surrounding areas. Their peer-to-peer groups support each other through shared experience, strength, and hope. They are open to anyone aged 18 and over, who has any issues with food, eating, or body image.
- Facts about eating disorders
- Supporting a friend with an eating disorder
- Eating disorder fact sheet
- Recovery is possible
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