Self-harm, or self-mutilation, is the act of deliberately inflicting pain and damage to one’s own body. Self-harm most often refers to cutting, burning, scratching, and other forms of external injury; it can, however, also include internal or emotional harm, such as taking drugs, consuming large amounts of alcohol and risky sex.

Often, reasons behind the behaviour are unknow to the person by talking to a counsellor often helps to explore and understand the reason behind any self-harming behaviour.