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Are you or someone you know self-harming? Reach out for support from a helpline in Iceland

Sometimes your emotions may be so overwhelming that hurting yourself may feel like the only way to find relief. Whether you are self-harming at the moment, or you have thoughts about it, there are 1 helplines in Iceland that can help. If you relate to the following, reach out:

  • Having sudden impulses to hurt yourself
  • Not wanting to die, but still feeling like you need the pain
  • Avoiding people you care about so they don't find out
  • A desire to punish or hurt yourself
  • Not looking after your physical health (e.g. not eating, not taking care of wounds or injuries)
  • Feeling like self-harm is the only thing keeping you going
  • Burning yourself with something hot
  • Imagining hurting yourself

It’s normal to look for ways to relieve strong, negative emotions. Although it’s not talked about much, self-harm is a common strategy people use to deal with emotional turmoil. It may not seem like it, but there are other, healthy ways to deal with the pain you're experiencing.

Talking about difficult emotions with someone compassionate and non-judgemental may help lighten your burdens. There are dedicated helpline volunteers in Iceland who are trained to support people through emotional distress. A helpline volunteer can help you process complex feelings and introduce you to healthy coping tools at your own discretion.

If you are ready to talk to someone about self harm, you can contact a hotline in Iceland for free and confidential support.


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