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Self-injury: The devastating impact of stigma

One reason self-injury remains hidden is the commonly held view that those who self-injure are ‘attention-seeking’. Prejudice in the health service and the media can brand people as wasting professionals’ time and resources. Shame is compounded by visible scars and fear of being labelled ‘mentally ill’. Maggie Long is sceptical about whether self-injury is the…