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Self injury


If you are in crisis, please contact Talk Suicide Canada or the CMHA Simcoe County Crisis Services. If it’s an emergency, call 911. 

Talk Suicide Canada: Call 1.833.456.4566 Toll free, available 24/7/365 or Text 45645 (available 4 p.m. to midnight ET)

CMHA Simcoe County Crisis Services: Call Local 705-728-5044 or Toll-Free 1-888-893-8333 (available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week)

CMHA Muskoka Crisis Services: Call Local 705-645-2262 or Toll-Free 1-888-893-8333 (available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week)


Self-injury, (also referred to as self-harm, intentional injury, or Non-Suicidal Self Injury (NSSI), describes when a person injures their own body on purpose. Examples include cutting, burning, head banging, pulling out hair etc. Majority of individuals who self-injure do not plan to end their life, although sometimes individuals can injure themselves more than intended. Self-injuring behaviour may be a sign that someone is in need of support and care.

Source:  adapted Canadian Mental Health Association, 2023

According to the 2021 Ontario Student Drug Use and Health Survey (OSDUHS), 20% of high-school students reported injuring themselves on purpose. In Simcoe Muskoka, self-injury rates are highest among youth 10 to 19 years old and are substantially higher among females. Research shows that people of all ages, genders, cultures and backgrounds self-injure.  


Source:  adapted Simcoe Muskoka HealthSTATS, 2016-2020 and OSDUHS, 2021

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