Self-harm is a coping strategy for many teenagers; statistics suggest that as many as 1-15 children are harming themselves in this way. The habit becomes a way of coping with difficult feelings, becoming a cycle hard to break. For many teenagers it is done privately, a hidden secret that they keep covered up. Some teenagers think they are the only ones in the world to behave this way and they feel alone. This is why we must talk about self-injury and stop it feeling like a big secret. We need to help our vulnerable teenagers find other coping strategies. This isn't an easy journey as self-injuring is an addictive behaviour, but with time and patience it can be done.