The piece below was written by Jo Fitzsimmons, a member of the SelfharmUK Team. The urge to self-harm is often all consuming and when it comes, it's hard to think of anything else! Next time you feel the urge to self-harm, try slowly reading this outloud, whilst breathing deeply.


I am twitchy, full of nervous energy

I can’t sit still, I can’t focus,

I am breathing quickly,

I am wringing my hands.


I try to calm myself

I try to take control

The thoughts are coming quickly

Spiralling into my head

My breathing gets faster


I must take control



Slow    slow      slow      slow


I tell myself


The battle is done – I make the choice


Run on the spot

Clench my fists

Breathe          Breathe          Breathe

Run on the spot

Clench my fists

Breathe         Breathe           Breathe


I feel the urge


                             Slow                             Slow                                     Slow


I match my breathing to the dogs

I bite my hands and wait


And wait


And wait


The tears begin to flow


The urge has passed


I made the choice

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