Self-harm - Useful Information
Self-Harm: The ‘Secret Self’
This is a publication by Sane based on research they did. It explains what they found about why people self-harm and ways to support people. You can download it from their website.
Self-Harm: A self help guide
Northumberland, Tyne and Ware NHS Foundation Trust have produced a self-help booklet for people who self-harm. You can download it for free from their website.
DBT self help
The website has been created by people who have been through dialectical behavioural therapy(DBT) rather than by health professionals.
The Scarred Soul: Understanding and Ending Self-inflicted Violence
– by Jan Sutton
This is a book that has new research, statistics, diagrams, some resources, case studies and practical self-help activities.
101 Distractions from Depression, Self-harm (and other Souldestroyers)
– by Sophia Gill
This book is by someone with lived experience of depression and selfharm. She writes about what helped her distract herself and overcome her self-harming behaviour.
National Self-harm Network
An online forum where you can chat with other people affected by self-harm.
Self Injury Support
A national service that helps women and girls affected by self-harm. They have an instant messaging service, helpline, information resources, and self help groups.
Telephone: Cass 0808 800 8088. Open Monday – Thursday; 7pm – 9:30pm
Text: TESS 07800 472908. Open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday; 7:00pm – 9:30pm
This is a self-injury advice and support organisation. They have information, support forums. They have practical articles like what you can wear in the summer if you don’t want anyone to see your scars.
Changing Faces offer brief advice about their services. They have practitioners who can help with things such as how to deal with people’s questions about your scars.
Telephone: 0300 012 0275
Address: The Squire Centre, 33-37 University Street, London WC1E 6JN
Email: through the website.
Recover Your Life
This is an online forum that is run by and for people who self-harm. They have information and advice about different issues.
This is a listening service for anyone in distress including people who selfharm.
Telephone: 116 123
Address: Freepost RSRB-KKBY-CYJK, PO Box 9090, Stirling, FK8 2SA
This is an NHS national treatment service for people who self-harm a lot and have problems with their relationships with other people.You can’t refer yourself but you can ask your GP or your community mental health team if they would refer you. You should also ask your GP if your local trust has any self-harm services or look on the trust website.
Telephone: 020 3228 4414
Address: Self-Harm Outpatient Service, Outpatient Department, Maudsley Hospital, Denmark Hill, London, SE5 8AZ
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