Self-harm is when somebody intentionally damages or injures their body. It's usually a way of coping with or expressing overwhelming emotional distress. Some autistic people may self-harm as a response to anxiety, stress or because they find it very difficult to communicate their feelings.
Self-harm – what to do
If you or someone you know is struggling with self-harm, you can access support by contacting your GP to get any injuries you are concerned about checked or to get a referral to your local mental health service team.
It is very important to seek help as early as possible. Early intervention and management of the causes of self-harm is important and will help to prevent self-harm in the future.
Treatment and support for self-harm usually involves talking therapies (such as CBT) and can involve medication.
The National Autistic Society has written guides for dealing wiht and supporting some one who has self harming behaviour
- Self harm and autism - a guide for autistic adults
- Self harm and autism - a guide for parents and carers
- Self harm and autism - a guide for professionals
Information provided by National Autistic Society