What is the relationship between self-injury and suicide?
Self-injury is not suicidal behavior.
In fact, it may be a way to reduce the tension that, left unattended, could result in an actual suicide attempt.
Self-injury is the best way the individual knows to self-sooth.
It may represent the best attempt the person has at creating the least damage.
However, self-injury is highly linked to poor sense of self-worth, and over time, that depressed feeling can evolve into suicidal attempts.
And sometimes self-harm may accidentally go farther than intended, and a life-threatening injury may result.