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Educate Yourself: Understanding self-harm is the first step toward effective support. Explore this guide to understanding self-harm from The Mighty to learn more about self-harm and what recovery can look like. 

Show Support: If you suspect that a loved one is self-harming, it’s crucial to approach the situation with compassion and understanding. Healthline offers a helpful guide on what to do if a loved one is self-harming. 

Start the Conversation: Initiating a conversation about self-harm can be daunting, but it’s essential for offering support and understanding. Try out some of these tips for starting and maintaining a conversation.

Seek Guidance for Recovery: If you’re struggling with self-harm, know that you’re not alone, and there is help available. Mental Health America (MHA) and the National Health Service (NHS) offer comprehensive guides on starting your recovery journey and how to talk to a loved one about your struggles

Access Support Services: Sometimes, talking to a professional or reaching out to a support line can make all the difference. If you or a loved one needs support, dial 844-YOU-OKAY to reach our free, confidential support line for Tampa Bay. Remember, you don’t have to face this alone, and there are people ready to help you through your journey to healing.

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