Most Helpful Guy
Talking from experience, I used to self harm as a way to cope. I was depressed and had suicidal intentions, it sounds weird to explain but the feeling when you cut, it's wrong but at the time it feels right because it reliefs so much pressure and it was just a coping mechanism. Not for attention as I didn't tell or show anybody. I can openly talk about it now because I'm a stronger person now than i was back then, and I think it's important that people who do self harm and are depressed know they aren't alone, when the world feels likes caving in around you, there's always a way through it.
Most Helpful Girl
It could either be because of attention or because they're so depressed and sad and can't control their emotions. They can't handle it that they decide to cut themself. It makes them feel better and to feel pain, it distracts them from negative thoughts and they feel like they deserve it. People like that have no self respect or self esteem.