Understanding Self-Harm and Finding Safer Alternatives
In this video, Dr Pooky Knightsmith explores how we can start to replace unhealthy coping mechanisms or self-harm with safer alternatives by first asking the question ‘why self-harm?’
By beginning to understand the motivation behind self-harm and what benefits it brings in the short term, we can start to develop safe alternatives that are effective and form the building blocks of a sustainable recovery.
This is a great video that aims to explains why people might self harm and how to find alternative behaviours that might help stop young people or adults from self-harming.
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