How do I deal with my family when it comes to my self harm? Or my friends?

Thank you for reaching out and asking this question. This is a common concern that many people have. The topic of self-harm can be very difficult to discuss and for some to understand.

The most important part is how comfortable you feel about addressing the topic around your family/friends and in what manner. There is no “right” way to approach your family/friends with the topic of self-harm, but perhaps you can explain to them your reason for self-harming and discuss how you would like them to respond/act towards your choice to self-harm. It is up to you whether you would like to disclose that you self-harm.

Although it is completely up to you whether you self-harm or not, we highly encourage that you use an additional coping method. The reason behind this is that self-harming can be quite dangerous. Coping methods include activities like drinking tea, painting, taking a bath, hanging out with friends, reading, and taking up a hobby. To get to the root cause of why you self-harm and improve your future well-being, you could always reach out to a counselor, whether they are from your school or a different professional.  Engaging in safer ways to make oneself better is more beneficial and effective in the long run.

Ultimately, the decision is yours, but if you ever need extra support and/or someone to talk to about any other concerns, feel free to chat with us online at or text us at (587) 333-2724 during our peer support hours. You can also call us 24/7 at (403) 264 – TEEN (8336).