Suicide and Self-Injury
One significant difference between suicide and self-injury is intent. A suicidal person sees no other way out and wants to end his or her life. There's a difference in the mindset of someone who self-injurers’ and someone who is suicidal. The major difference is that of “intent”. With suicide the intent is to bring end to one’s life; to end pain and suffering. Conversely, with self-injury the intent is one of trying to find relief and release from emotional pain and distress.
You can call the Employee Assistance Program at 1-800-322-5327 to schedule an appointment with a professional counselor. EAP counselors are available by phone 24 hours-a-day, 7 days-a-week to help anytime.
Call the toll-free National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The service is available to anyone. All calls are confidential.