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Self-Harm: A Teacher's perspective on the way forward

I have my fair share of scars but have never cut or burned myself on purpose. I did once punch a wall in utter frustration, following an argument with my girlfriend at the time. I can remember staring at my collapsed knuckle and the blood oozing down my trembling hand; I felt a curious mix of fascination and relief. The pain came later, but for a minute or two the mental chaos fell away and I found myself in a still, quiet and peaceful place. This is the closest I have come to being able to understand 'self harm' - the strategic use of physical pain to temporarily relieve mental anguish.

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