*Help is available 24 hours a day – call the Samaritans on 116 123 or text SHOUT to 85258*

Self-harm¬†is such a personal and complicated area. It isn’t restricted to autistic people but it can be a problem for us, for all sorts of reasons. Some of the more common forms of self-harm for autistics are head banging, skin picking, head slapping, cutting, hair pulling, chewing the inside of cheeks and biting/picking nails and cuticles to the point of causing pain.

Here is a link to the National Autistic Society’s webpage about self-harm and another of theirs on self-injurious behaviour.

If you are concerned that you or someone you care for is in immediate danger, phone 999.

Above and below, you will also find immediate emotional support, if you need it. I have phoned the Samaritans many times, for lots of reasons. You DON’T need to be suicidal to call them and they are so lovely and non-judgemental. Never put off reaching out for help because you worry that your needs aren’t serious enough. If you feel you need help, then you do.

*Help is available 24 hours a day – call the Samaritans on 116 123 or text SHOUT to 85258*