Community Psychiatric Nurse, Team Leader – Georgina Cadby-Fisher, who has been working in mental health for 3 years has written an advice piece on how to spot the signs and provide support to somebody who is self-harming.

Georgina Cadby Fisher

What is self-harm?

So what do we mean by Self-harm? Self-harm is when you hurt yourself as a way of dealing with very difficult feelings, painful memories or overwhelming situations and experiences that feel out of control. It can be the thing people turn to when they feel they have no other option.

Signs of potential self-harm:

There are not always obvious signs that somebody close to you may have begun self harming. But there are some signs you can look out for:

  • Unexplained cuts, bruises or burns
  • Wearing more clothing than usual to cover any evidence of self harm
  • Changes in eating or becoming secretive/obsessive about eating
  • Unusual weight loss or weight gain

So why do people self-harm?

There are many reasons people self-harm, such as being bullied, stress, bereavement, experiencing a form of abuse whether that’s sexual, physical or emotional.

  • If people are angry, self-harming can be a form of release of pent up anger or emotion
  • Self-harm can be a form of control for people if they feel they have no control over other aspects of their life
  • It can be for psychological reasons such as hearing voices that tell them to do it

Advice for people living with somebody that self-harms

Living with somebody or watching people close to you self harm can be difficult and distressing but there are things you can do to help:

Capstone Midlands have made 14 boxes for the elderly who will be alone in the community this Christmas.

The organisation Capstone Midlands are supporting is Friends of North Solihull’s ‘No one should have no one at Christmas’ campaign. Volunteer’s and organisers deliver these parcels to the community before Christmas and spend some time with them when delivering the parcels.

We focus so much of supporting the next generation its important to remember our elders, that’s why we have chosen to support this cause for the last 2 years.

Next year we plan on supporting women’s refuges.

On Friday 27th October Capstone Foster Care Midlands went to Go Ape in Cannock. We went with a large group of foster carers and our looked after children. After splitting off into junior and adult groups everybody got into their safety harnesses and did a practice run. Then we started climbing up the ladders, across the canopy’s and zip wired down 260 metres through beautiful blue skies!

























Our wonderful foster carers did an amazing job trying to keep up with the children 14 metres in the tree tops! As well as the chief supporters having picnics below in the sunshine.
















After we’d finished monkeying around, we were all worn out and muddy so we went to collect our certificates and ate our well deserved packed lunches before wandering over to the park.





















Well done to everybody who came along and made it a fantastic day out and for being so brave!

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