Claire Shortland who is 24 and from Derby, is working for charities helping young people who self-harm as a way of aiding her own recovery.
She began self-harming by scratching and cutting herself when she was just 14 as a way of coping with the pressures of having to look after her mother and older sister who both had debilitating illness.
The problem got worse when a close friend died and started to experience bullying and domestic violence.
At its worse, Claire made several attempts on her own life and nearly lost her leg through infections caused by her self-inflected injuries.
Now, although she still experiences the urges to cut or burn herself, she is slowly rebuilding her life with the help of the mental health charity Rethink and health services in Derbyshire.