Self Harm

Self Harm

Support services focusing on self harm. We strongly encourage you to talk to your local doctor or a mental health professional about your difficulties as the information provided in the resources are NOT a substitute for a proper diagnosis or treatment by an appropriate health professional.

Support and helplines

  • Harmless
    Harmless is a user-led organisation providing a range of services about self harm including support, information, training and consultancy to people who self harm, their friends and families and professionals.
  • The National Self-Harm Network
    A forum and resources for those who self-harm and their families – and for professionals who support them. Tips on what to do or say and what not to do or say if you are supporting someone who self harms. Advice on the use of distractions if a person is trying not to self-harm.
    Tel: 0800 622 6000 (7-11pm)
  • Recover Your Life
    Internet self harm support community. It also provides support for any emotional problems, in addition to self-harm.
  • TESS self harm support
    Text and web-based chat support service for women in the UK affected by self harm.
    Open Sunday-Thursday, 7-9pm. Text us on 07800 472908
  • CASS Self Injury Helpline
    CASS Women’s Self-Injury Helpline is for women of any age and background affected by self-injury, whether their own or that of a friend or family member.
    “All calls are answered by female volunteers who have received specialist training. You can talk about anything you want to and we won’t tell anyone you called unless you tell us exactly where you are and that you are currently at risk of harm.
    You don’t have to be in crisis or distress at the time you call, and you can talk to us for up to half an hour each time we are open.”
    Call 0808 800 8088 for FREE. Tuesday to Thursday evenings from 7-9.30pm

Apps

  • DistrACT
    DistrACT is a free app available on Apple and Android. It gives people who self harm and may feel suicidal quick, easy and discreet access to information and advice, so they can manage difficult feelings, cope with a crisis and find help and support.
  • Calmharm
    Calmharm, available on Apple and Android, provides tasks to help you resist or manage the urge to self harm.

Self-Injury Support from a Gendered Perspective

From the Self-Injury Support website and uploaded on 06/03/19

Self-Injury Support provide non-judgemental support to those in need and support.

Self-injury is often experienced alongside feelings of shame or self-blame. Responses from others who do not understand self–injury can reinforce these feelings.

They aim to offer and model acceptance which increases chance of people feeling more accepting towards themselves.
Offering a positive experience for those reaching out for help.

Some people contacting Self-Injury Support may not have reached out for help in relation to self-injury before or may have had negative responses when looking for support.
The issue is highly stigmatised and a person’s first experience of disclosing is very significant in how they subsequently seek support.

Respecting an individual’s relationship with self-injury and to avoid being prescriptive in their support, Self-Injury Support recognise the role and function that self-injury can play in people’s lives at different times.

They aim to foster feelings of autonomy and empowerment in the people they support. Their aim is to give people access to clear and objective information designed to help them make the right choices for them at different times in their lives.
They do not tell people to stop using self-injury, as this is not our choice to make.

More information is available on the Self-Injury Support website here.