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Self-harm

Page written and resources collated by Cath Peppit, Wellbeing Practitioner

Self-harm is a when person causes intentional harm or injury to themselves. Often people find themselves doing this to deal with distress or difficult feelings including feeling numb.

People often describe self-harm as a way to cope with the unease they are feeling and as a temporary relief or distraction. Learning new coping strategies can support someone to move forward and manage difficult and uncomfortable feelings in a different way.

For information about self harm and tips on how to cope visit the Mind website.

Note: we hope that the resources below are useful but we do not endorse the opinions expressed by other parties.

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Alternatives to self-harm

So you made the big decision to stop self-harming and find better ways of coping with your distress. If you feel the urge to self-harm coming on, here are some ideas about what you might do instead.

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Managing self-harm

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Downloads

Self-help materials you can print, or download and save.

Resource Description
NHS Self-Harm Self Help Leaflet A self help guide that includes tips on how to reduce self-harm. Includes helpful exercises to try.
Self-harm diary Using a diary can build awareness around patterns and triggers for self-harming. Building insight can support you to prepare in advance on how to manage triggering times differently.


Apps

Android or iOS Apps (most apps that we recommend are those suggested in the NHS Apps Library).

Resource Description
Calm Harm Calm Harm is an app designed to help people resist or manage the urge to self-harm. It's private and password protected.


Places to get help

Local and national organisations and websites.

Resource Description
Mind A mental health charity offering a range of 1-to-1 and group support options.
Battle Scars Running adult survivor led groups in Leeds and Wakefield, to support anyone who self-harms, their families, friends and carers, professionals, or anyone who is trying to understand self-harm.
Harmless A user led organisation that provides a range of services about self-harm and suicide prevention including support, information and self-help resources
Samaritans A national 24/7 helpline where you can speak to someone in times of high distress. Speaking to someone is often a way to release some difficult feelings and reduce the urge to self-harm.


We know it can be difficult to ask for help and advice around self-harming but taking care of any self-harm injuries is important in preventing infection. If you require medical attention, please make an appointment with your GP or for urgent medical attention, visit your local A&E .

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