People of all ages and backgrounds self-harm. It can affect anyone. We don’t know why some people self-harm while others don’t. However, we do know that certain difficult experiences can make people more likely to self-harm. And some communities are more likely to go through these difficult experiences. For example, members of the LGBTQIA+ community may experience stigma and discrimination against their sexual orientation or gender identity. And young people of colour may experience discrimination against their race. These types of pressures may make people more likely to self-harm.
If you are self-harming because you are being treated badly, remember that you matter. You are worthy of respect and love exactly the way you are, and you deserve help.