Self-harm is when someone does something to hurt themselves on purpose, like cutting, burning, taking pills, hitting, or picking at themselves or using objects to hurt themselves. It can be a way of coping, managing stress, anxiety, low mood or feeling overwhelmed. There is a range of services and support available to help find alternatives to self-harm.
Need to talk? Free call or text 1737 any time, 24 hours a day.
Self Harm - Mental Health Foundation
Self Harm - Health Navigator
Supporting Someone who is Self Harming
Self Harm - KidsHealth
Self Harm - Youthline
Responding to Self Harm
Understanding what to do if students self-harm
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Asian Family Counselling Services 0800 862 342
Chinese Lifeline – 0800 888 880 (for people who speak Mandarin or Cantonese)
Depression helpline 0800 111 757 or text ‘8681’
Kidsline 0800 54 37 54
Lifeline 0800 LIFELINE (0800 543 354) or text ‘Help’ to 4357
Samaritans 0800 726 666
What's Up 0800 942 8787 (for 5–18-year-olds; 1 pm to 11 pm).
Youthline 0800 376 633, free text 234
HeyBro 0800 439 276 For men who feel they are going to harm a loved one.
Rural Support Trust for people in rural communities dealing with financial or personal challenges. 0800 787 254
Refugees as Survivors psychological support for refugees and asylum seekers 0800 472 769
24/7 HELPline support for sexual abuse survivors 0800 623 1700