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Difference Between Self-harm and Suicidal Behavior

August 1, 2014 Lauren Hardy, MA

Many individuals believe that self-harm and suicide are directly linked but, in fact, this is not the case. In all honesty, self-harm and suicidal behaviors are completely different. Unfortunately, it is common for these two behavioral disorders to get grouped together because they both have something to do with inflicting pain on oneself. Additionally, there are some instances when an individual who self-harms will end up committing suicide. The simplest way to put it is that, generally those who self-harm do not wish to kill themselves, while suicide is a way of ending life.


Treatment Program: Lauren Hardy, M.A., writes on behalf of Longleaf Hospital which is a leading inpatient treatment center for men and women who need help coping with their behavioral and mental health issues.

APA Reference
MA, L. (2014, August 1). Difference Between Self-harm and Suicidal Behavior, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2019, June 24 from https://www.healthyplace.com/blogs/mentalhealthtreatmentcircle/2014/08/difference-between-self-harm-and-suicidal-behavior



Author: Lauren Hardy, MA

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