cubby, often people 'self-harm' or 'self mutilate' to deal with emotional pain that's too much. This can involve cutting, burning, bruising, banging until bones are broken etc. It's a way of releasing pent-up emotions, expressing feelings of self-hatred that the person doesn't know any other way to express. Sometimes, if someone is really, really depressed, they 'feel dead' and self-harming is a way that someone uses to sort-of check if they're alive when they feel the pain and/or bleed. it's also a 'cry for help'. Not everyone who self-harms is suicidal, but some are. Self harm is often a sign that the person has experienced some sort of abuse, often sexual abuse.
My arms are covered with scars and wounds from self-harming. I'm not proud of them, they're ugly and put people off when I meet them. One day I hope to stop self-harming and that will be a very good day. LOL
I have attempted suicide about 5 times. Only one or two were absolutely serious enough for me to have died if I hadn't been found. Only once have I ended up in Intensive Care on a ventilator. I used to say that I was so stupid, I couldn't even kill myself properly.
This is a very delicate topic, I wonder if it needs to be moved to IMO so it doesn't upset members.