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Is someone who self harms also suicidal?

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Last Updated: 04/07/2020 at 3:49pm
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April 4th, 2017 11:46pm
Good question! Not necessarily. In my experience, I self harmed to stay alive and cope with my emotions. Self harm is negative coping mechanism, When I was suicidal, I wanted to leave this earth and make the pain stop. So, generally the answer is no. However, my therapist told me that self harming increases the likelihood of experiencing suicidal ideation.
April 25th, 2017 6:39pm
Not all the time. There are different reasons for self-harming, and one can be because they are suicidal, but that's not always the case. It's best to talk to the person instead of assuming.
May 23rd, 2017 1:22am
Not necessarily. Self harm is more of beating yourself up, while suicide is ending everything all together. While both sort of relate to each other, they are both two completely different things.
October 17th, 2017 5:06pm
Well, not always. Self harm can be used as a non-suicidal coping mechanism. There is a certain chemical that is released after self harming, which can give a short term sense of relief.
December 19th, 2017 6:07pm
Not necessarily. The two can be quite commonly linked, but remember that people self harm and are suicidal for different reasons.
February 26th, 2018 7:50pm
yes and no, someone can be suicidal if they self harm but normally this is NOT the case, if they show signs that they are suicidal you should try to ask them if they are ok :)
March 6th, 2018 10:07pm
Every situation is different. I know people who have self harmed in the past, and haven’t thought about suicide. And I also know people who have done self harm before and attempted suicide.
June 11th, 2018 5:26pm
No, although self harm is commonly thought to be linked with suicide. Often, self harm is used as a way to take control over ones life
July 10th, 2018 10:49pm
From what i've seen, no. But it is very common among suicidal individuals to self harm. I suggest if you self harm, you get professional help.
July 9th, 2019 9:18pm
No, most of the times people who self harm do it as a coping mechanism to make life more barable and actually want to live but are struggling with negative emotions and conditions varying from depression and borderline personality disorder to bipolar or eating disorders. Often these people have harsh ideas about themselves but want to live. People struggling with self harm often do so to escape emotional pain, to make themselves feel more real and more alive, because they simply enjoy physical pain, or because they want to punish themselves. Rarely, non-suicidal-self-harm can lead to near death experiences and can cause infections and can even lead to death but death was usually never the intention.
April 7th, 2020 3:49pm
Not always, in many cases it can be a way to release emotions. I have been in this situation, I used to self harm as a coping method. I didn't do it because I was suicidal - I did it because it gave me a sense of relief, however I realized the relief is temporary. Therefore, from my own experience, I wouldn't say that everyone who self harms is also suicidal. I believe it's more of a coping method than a way out, as such. I overcame this by seeking therapies and I found other, better ways to manage my emotions.