What is Self-Injury?

Did you know that the first of March every year is set aside as the Self-Injury Awareness Day worldwide? Did you know that the orange ribbon is a symbol that has been adopted to promote awareness of self-injury? If you did not know these before, now you do.

Self-injury is the act of intentionally injuring yourself. It occurs when a person purposely harms or hurts his/her body.

Self-injury is also called self-harm, deliberate self-harm, self-mutilation, self-injurious behaviour, non-suicidal self-injury, self-abuse or cutting.

A lot of times when a person self-injures, it can be very scary and look like a suicide attempt. But, people who self-injure usually do so without intending to commit suicide. An individual who engages in self-harm does not intend for it to be life-threatening or to end up in death. However, there is always the possibility of these actions ending up becoming more serious than was intended – resulting in serious health problems, or even death. Self-harm is usually done impulsively.

When a person self-injures, it is the person’s way of coping with problems, certain intense emotions, and distress – like intense anger, frustration, overwhelming emotional pain, etc. and it could actually make the person feel better – but it does so only for a little while. And then, the emotions that the individual had been trying to escape from come back, and he/she would feel like hurting his/herself again. A vicious cycle, isn’t it?

It is an unhealthy way of coping.

There are many forms of self-injury – many ways people hurt themselves and cutting is the most common of them all. It can be carried out on any part of the body; but the parts of the body that are commonly involved are the thighs, wrists, stomach and hands.

Self-injury is an unhealthy and potentially harmful habit. Some people do it a few times and stop while some do it repeatedly. And contrary to popular opinion in Nigeria, it is a very real problem. It would surprise many to know the number of people in Nigeria that battle with this problem.

It is important to know that individuals who self-injure usually keep it secret.

Anyone who hurts his/herself on purpose is engaging in self-injury. It is a sign of emotional distress when you hurt yourself or think about hurting yourself.

Somso Kizor enjoys words. She loves reading good books and writing - amongst other things. Somso is passionate about educating people about their health; as this would reduce the burden of diseases and deaths (hence, suffering) all over the world. Let's not forget the popular saying that goes "health is wealth." For more details, send an email to info@healthfacts.ng


  1. We’re a group of volunteers and starting a new scheme in our community.

    Your website offered us with valuable information to work on. You’ve done an impressive job and
    our whole community will be thankful to you.

  2. Interesting blog! Is your theme custom made or did
    you download it from somewhere? A design like yours with a few simple adjustements would really make
    my blog shine. Please let me know where you
    got your design. Appreciate it

  3. I’m more than happy to uncover this web site. I wanted to thank you for
    your time just for this wonderful read!! I definitely appreciated every
    little bit of it and I have you saved as a favorite to check out new things in your web site.

  4. This is a very good tip particularly to those fresh to the blogosphere. Short but very accurate info… Appreciate your sharing this one. A must read article!

  5. I’m not that much of a internet reader to be honest but your blogs really nice, keep it up!

    I’ll go ahead and bookmark your website to come back in the future.

  6. Hello just wanted to give you a quick heads up and let
    you know a few of the images aren’t loading properly.
    I’m not sure why but I think its a linking issue. I’ve tried it in two different web browsers and
    both show the same outcome.

  7. I’m not sure why but this weblog is loading incredibly slow for me.
    Is anyone else having this issue or is it a issue on my end?
    I’ll check back later and see if the problem still exists.

  8. I got this web site from my pal who informed me concerning this site
    and at the moment this time I am browsing this web site and reading very informative articles at this

  9. I loved as much as you will receive carried out right here.

    The sketch is tasteful, your authored material stylish.
    nonetheless, you command get bought an nervousness over that you wish be delivering the following.
    unwell unquestionably come more formerly again since exactly the same nearly
    a lot often inside case you shield this hike.

  10. Hi, Neat post. There is a problem with your site in internet explorer, may test this?
    IE nonetheless is the market leader and a huge
    component of people will omit your fantastic writing because
    of this problem.

  11. I was suggested this web site through my cousin. I’m no longer certain whether or not this put up is written through him
    as nobody else know such specified about my difficulty.
    You are incredible! Thanks!

  12. Hey I know this is off topic but I was wondering if you knew of any
    widgets I could add to my blog that automatically
    tweet my newest twitter updates. I’ve been looking for a plug-in like this for quite some time and was hoping maybe
    you would have some experience with something like this.
    Please let me know if you run into anything. I truly enjoy reading your blog and I look forward to your new updates.

  13. Wonderful goods from you, man. I have understand your stuff previous to
    and you’re just extremely fantastic. I really like what you’ve acquired here, certainly like what you are stating and the way in which you say it.

    You make it enjoyable and you still take care of to keep it wise.

    I can’t wait to read far more from you. This is really a wonderful site.

  14. Excellent goods from you, man. I have understand your stuff previous to
    and you’re just too great. I really like what you’ve acquired here, certainly like what you are stating and the way in which you say it.
    You make it enjoyable and you still care for to keep it smart.

    I can not wait to read far more from you. This is really a
    great site.

  15. Nice post. I learn something new and challenging on sites I stumbleupon every day. It will always be helpful to read through content from other writers and practice something from their sites.

  16. What i do not understood is in fact how you are no longer really much more neatly-favored than you
    might be right now. You are so intelligent. You understand thus significantly
    relating to this topic, made me personally believe it from
    numerous various angles. Its like men and women don’t seem to be fascinated
    until it’s something to accomplish with Woman gaga!
    Your own stuffs outstanding. All the time handle it up!

  17. Does your blog have a contact page? I’m having problems locating it but, I’d like to
    shoot you an email. I’ve got some ideas for your blog you might be
    interested in hearing. Either way, great website and I look forward to seeing
    it grow over time.

  18. Very good blog you have here but I was wondering if you knew of any message boards that cover the same topics talked about in this article?

    I’d really love to be a part of group where I can get opinions from other knowledgeable individuals
    that share the same interest. If you have any suggestions, please let me know.

  19. Your style is unique in comparison to other people I have read stuff from.
    Many thanks for posting when you’ve got the opportunity, Guess I will just bookmark this site.

  20. Fantastic website you have here but I was curious about if you knew of any community
    forums that cover the same topics discussed in this article?

    I’d really love to be a part of group where I can get suggestions from
    other experienced people that share the same interest.
    If you have any suggestions, please let me know. Bless you!

  21. Excellent post. I was checking constantly this blog and I am impressed!
    Extremely useful info specially the last part :
    ) I care for such information a lot. I was seeking this particular info for a very long time.

    Thank you and good luck.

  22. Do you mind if I quote a couple of your articles
    as long as I provide credit and sources back to your webpage?
    My blog is in the very same area of interest as yours and my visitors would truly benefit from a lot of the information you present here.
    Please let me know if this alright with you. Appreciate it!

  23. naturally like your web site but you have to
    take a look at the spelling on quite a few of your posts.
    A number of them are rife with spelling problems and I find it very bothersome to tell the truth
    then again I’ll definitely come back again.