The fact you have clicked this option means that you are concerned that you are or you’re considering self-harming. Maybe this behaviour is caused by you wanting to distract yourself from or even take back control from experiencing overwhelming feelings or thoughts. Self-harming may release tension from such feelings or thoughts.
Perhaps you’ve been feeling dissociated from reality and life and by self-harming you at least get to experience some form of sensation, even if that feeling is pain.
Self-harm can be a cry of help or maybe a sign of deeper psychological concerns – more than 50% of those who complete suicide have a history of self-harm.
There are organisations that offer support and advice for people who self-harm, as well as their friends and families.
- Samaritans – call 116 123 (open 24 hours a day), email [email protected], or visit your local Samaritans branch
- Mind – one of the UK’s primary mental health charities. Call 0300 123 3393 or text 86463 (9am to 6pm on weekdays)
- Self Harm UK – provides Alumina which is a free, online 7 week course for young people struggling with self-harm. Each course has up to 14 young people, all accessing the sessions from their own phones, tablets or laptops across the UK
- Heads Above The Waves – is a not-for-profit organisation that raises awareness of depression and self-harm in young people. They promote positive, creative ways of dealing with the bad days.
- Self Injury Support – focus on improving support and knowledge around self-injury for women and girls, offering safe spaces, experience-led tools and information and support on self-harm topics
- Calm Harm – Calm Harm is an award-winning app developed for teenage mental health charity stem4 by Clinical Psychologist Dr. Nihara Krause, in collaboration with young people, using principles from evidence-based Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT).
- Harmless – Harmless is an organisation who works to address and overcome issues related to self-harm and suicide. They place people with lived experience at the heart of their service and do their best to surround the people they help with compassion and practical help and support to bring about measurable and meaningful change. Website Contact page here or email [email protected]
- National Self Harm Network forums – Their aims are to: support individuals who self harm to help reduce emotional distress and improve their quality of life; support and provide information for family and carers of individuals who self harm; raise awareness of the needs of people who self harm, dispel myths and combat discrimination; empower and enable those that self harm to seek alternatives to self harm and further help where appropriate
YoungMinds Parents Helpline – Their mission is too make sure all young people can get the mental health support they need, when they need it, no matter what. Call 0808 802 5544 (9.30am to 4pm on weekdays)