Home / Teen / Struggling / Self-harm Self-harm What is self-harm? Self-harm means hurting yourself on purpose. This includes cutting, hitting, burning and anything that causes pain and damage to your body. What should I do if I’m hurting myself? Try to remove yourself from any object that you may use to hurt yourself and leave any situation that might make you feel like hurting yourself. Then, tell someone so they can help you. That someone can be any adult that you trust – parents, teachers, police officers, doctors, therapists. Contact us to learn more about how to overcome self-harm in your life. If you feel like you need immediate help, call the Centerstone Crisis Line nearest you. Why do people self-harm? People hurt themselves because it’s a way to control the emotional pain that they’re feeling in other parts of their lives. Self-harm is a temporary solution to a long-lasting problem, and it can leave long-lasting consequences such as scars and other mental and emotional health issues. Instead of hurting yourself, talk to a therapist about they can help. Being a teenager is hard. That’s why we have answers to a lot of common questions that teens might have – about mental health, drugs and alcohol, sex and relationships, social media and internet safety, bullying and more on our TEEN PAGE. If you are a teen or parent in crisis, call the Centerstone Crisis Line nearest you now.