Self-harm and eating disorders
Self-harm or eating problems can be outward expressions of serious emotional pain, and are often used as a way of coping with difficulties.
It is important to care for any injuries – do seek first aid or medical help if required. If you would like help to stop injuring yourself, you can talk to your doctor. You can also meet with one of Imperial’s student counsellors, who can help you explore the emotional distress attached to the behaviours. This can be useful in considering and developing coping strategies that are more constructive.
Further information and advice - self-harm
- The Mind website explains self-harm, including the possible causes and explains how you can access treatment and support. Includes tips for helping yourself, and guidance for friends and family
- selfharmUK is a project dedicated to supporting young people impacted by self-harm and publishes a range of useful information
- Self injury Support is a national organisation that supports girls and women affected by self-injury or self-harm
Further information and advice - eating disorders
- Student Minds has developed a resource to help students with eating disorders to take positive steps towards healthy minds and healthy bodies
- The Mind website explains eating disorders, including the possible causes and explains how you can access treatment and support. Includes tips for helping yourself, and guidance for friends and family
- Beat is a charity helping people with eating disorders and providing support for those with emotional overeating and difficulties with food, weight and shape