Self Harm: Should Injuries and Scars be Hidden


In this video, Dr Pooky Knightsmith talks about whether injuries and scars should be hidden. She suggests that while an injury is still healing, they should be covered to avoid infection. When these injuries become scars you should treat them like any other scar and dress for the weather, having scars showing if you feel comfortable.

However, this might change with professionals working with young children who might be vulnerable to self harm behaviours. This is an important debate that should be considered from a variety of perspectives.


This video is great at exploring self harm behaviours from a variety of perspectives. It includes what might happen if you are prepared to show your scars, including disclosures of self harm from other people and people asking questions about your scars.

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