Substance Use Treatment In Massachusetts

Understanding Self-Harm and the Complexities of Causes, Coping, and Recovery

Addressing misconceptions and stigmas surrounding self-harm and encouraging open conversations about mental health.
— by Kyle Lakey


Self-harm is a complex behavior that can stem from various underlying causes. It is often associated with emotional pain, trauma, or a sense of powerlessness. Some individuals turn to self-injury or physical pain as a coping mechanism to release emotional pain or gain a sense of control over their lives. Factors such as low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, or a history of abuse can contribute to the development of self-harm behaviors. Understanding these causes is essential in providing support and developing effective strategies for prevention and intervention.

Risk Factors Associated with Self-Harm

Understanding the risk factors associated with self-harm is crucial in identifying indivi