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Is someone who self harms also suicidal?

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November 8th, 2014 11:18pm
Some people who self- harm may be suicidal but generally they are not, self-harm is a way of coping and therefore someone who self harms is trying to keep going.
November 13th, 2014 8:34pm
Not necessarily, some people self harm to cope with stress or anger, that doesn't mean they want to die, it means they just don't know how to live...
November 14th, 2014 11:31am
Not necessarily. These two are usually done for different reasons. Those who self harm often engage in such behavior as a maladaptive coping mechanism to distract themselves from psychological distress. They only self-harm because they feel it makes the suffering go away. Those who are suicidal often are for a variety of reasons. Deep, unresolved depression, a significant life crisis, feelings of futility, guilt, low self esteem, are among the long list of factors that can lead someone to attempt suicide. These two people can be the same person, but the they are not caused by the same factors and are not connected.
November 15th, 2014 2:51pm
I guess you could say that...but I never talked to anyone that self harmed and is suicidal so...ya...
November 15th, 2014 4:42pm
No - a lot of people who self harm are doing it because they want to punish themselves for something or to feel alive - people who are suicidal are usually suicidal because they think they can't keep living anymore.
November 16th, 2014 4:06pm
Not necessarily. Often times self harm is a way that a person uses to distract his or her self from emotional pain. In other words, the physical pain re-directs their attention away from the emotional pain. While this can actually be very effective, it is not a long term solution and can be very dangerous. If someone is harming his or her self, it is important that their pain be taken seriously and help made available to him or her.
November 17th, 2014 10:39pm
No, someone who self-harms isn't always suicidal. The are just trying to release stress from being bullied, work, or other things. You should only be worried if the person constantly talks about death, becomes distant to those they are usually close with, or if they skip school and their grades start to drop.
November 18th, 2014 2:05pm
Not necessarily. Many people who self harm are not suicidal. Some are but I'd say half the people that self harm are not.
March 25th, 2015 11:55pm
No, not necessarily. They both have different meanings. Self harming can be for many different reasons. Most people that self harm use it as a coping mechanism. Being suicidal is completely different.
April 16th, 2015 2:41pm
Not always. Some people are, but that doesn't mean everyone is. Sometimes a person self-harms as a way of coping with the difficult situations in life. That doesn't mean they are suicidal. But, self-harm is not a good thing. If someone self-harms, it is extremely dangerous whether they are suicidal or not. They need help right away.
May 2nd, 2015 8:59am
sometimes, it is different for different people. and self harm is used soemtimes to stop doing that. but it depends on the person.
May 18th, 2015 6:20pm
Not necessarily. Maybe. They say that when someone self harms, they have no intentions of committing suicide. Some people are but not everyone is.
June 11th, 2015 5:08pm
There are two possibilities. One is that the person who self harms is not suicidal and that he/she only does it to ease the emotional pain. The second possibility is that he/she is suicidal and turned to self-harm as a means of buying time to decide their next move.
June 22nd, 2015 5:16pm
People who self harm can be suicidal, but that's not always the case. Some people use it as a relief and have so intention to commit suicide.
August 17th, 2015 3:40pm
Not always! People self harm for various reasons, sometimes because they're suicidal. Other reasons could be that it gives them control over a situation when they feel they have none.
August 21st, 2015 12:08am
no just because you self harm does not mean you are suicidal you are just going through a bad time and need some help
September 7th, 2015 1:36am
Not always. Just because you self harm doesn't mean you are suicidal but some people are both. You can be really depressed and self harm but know there is a place for you and you don't want to consider suicide
September 22nd, 2015 11:19am
Not all the time. I used to self harm just to 'get the pain away' but I wasn't suicidal at all. I just thought that cutting would be the best way to stop the pain rather than trying to kill myself.
September 22nd, 2015 5:04pm
Not necessarily, no. Someone can have the feeling of wanting to hurt themself but no really want to die. they may just want to feel something.
December 22nd, 2015 1:55am
In my opinion yes! Your just slowly killing yourself. Your body is Beautiful. Just remember that someone loves you and you're not alonešŸ˜˜
January 25th, 2016 4:08pm
Someone who is self-harming doesn't necessary means that this person is suicidal but it is still a mental heath issue and you should concider seing a doctor. And remember: You are beautifulā¤
January 25th, 2016 4:27pm
There is a possibility, but no. Self harm is about coping, stress relief and a form of self-punishment.
January 26th, 2016 12:29am
Self harming does not necessarily means being suicidle, a person can self harm and not be suicidle, and one can also be suicidle but not self harm.
March 1st, 2016 12:33pm
No not necessarily, people who self harm tend to use self harm as a release of inner pain, they become addicted to the release of the inner pain- self harm is incredibly dangerous however and should always be taken seriously so it doesn't eventually lead to suicide.
March 1st, 2016 4:30pm
This really depends on the person. Someone who self harms may become suicidal due to the fact that they are dealing with such strong emotions that they currently don't have a safe release for. Typically most people (including myself) self harm to relieve the pain temporarily. They self harm because they want to keep going but need to relieve themselves a little first. Therefore they aren't looking to die, but looking to survive.
March 27th, 2016 2:37pm
Not neccasarily, people who self harm usually use it as a coping mechanism for when they're going through stressful and upsetting patches in their life. Just because one does this doesn't mean that they are suicidal. It's just a form of trying to let out some of the angry and upset thoughts that you get when you're going through a hard time, of course some people who self harm could cause themselves serious injuries which can result in accidental suicide.
April 19th, 2016 10:48am
Self harm and suicidal thoughts can be linked, but self-harm can occur in individuals who do not feel suicidal thoughts. It is often a coping mechanism to extreme stress in some individuals.
June 27th, 2016 5:36am
Often times, no. Self-harm is commonly misunderstood as a suicide attempt, or a failed suicide attempt. MOST TIMES this is not the case. While there is a correlation between suicide and self-harm (i.e., people who complete suicide often have a history of self-injury), people who self-harm are not usually suicidal. Self-harm does not cause suicide. Always be aware of self-injury and the thoughts and feelings that go with it. Self-injury is clinically referred to as 'non-suicidal self-injury' because someone hurts themselves without the intent to take their own life. Be mindful, though, that suicidal thoughts often come along with self-injury. If you are struggling with self-harm/self-injury of having thoughts of suicide, call a crisis or emergency line or go to your nearest emergency room. There is help available.
July 18th, 2016 3:41pm
Not necessarily, a difference between self harm and suicide is whether there is any intent involved. If an individual is suicidal they will view self harming as a way of ending their life. In contrast to this, others may self harm in order to release the stresses in their life and to escape from their feelings.
October 25th, 2016 8:40pm
That's not at all the case. Self-harm is about feeling the desire for the pain or punishment, but it doesn't mean that those who self-harm are suicidal. However, in some cases, they are, but for the most part, they aren't.