Ask Jigsaw: Is pinching self-harm?

Ask Jigsaw: Is pinching self-harm?

Tuesday, 01 September 2020

does pinching myself count as self harm?


Hi kitkat15,

Self-harm is when someone deliberately hurts or damages their body. It can take many forms and could include pinching yourself. Often the person engaging in self-harm is feeling a lot of powerful feelings that they’re not sure how to deal with.

If this is the case for you, I just want to tell you that you’re not alone. However, there are other ways to manage those difficult feelings.


Releasing emotions

When we are feeling strong emotions we look for a release. That could be done through sport, pulling weeds in the garden or smashing bottles in a bottle bank, for example. Other ways of release might involve singing or playing an instrument, screaming into a pillow or punching a punch bag. Usually anything physical can help, as can creative outlets and talking or writing about your feelings.

Jigsaw clinician
You matter, your feelings matter and you deserve support.

Talking about it

Maybe there’s an adult in your life you could reach out to? Or, you might like to get in touch with the Jigsaw Online team via live chat?

If you are worried about keeping yourself safe, check out options for urgent help here.

Wishing you all the best, kitkat15. Remember that you matter, your feelings matter and you deserve support.

Take care,


Jigsaw clinician


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