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.
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.Read the article
Managing self-harmGo to course
Self-help materials you can print, or download and save.
|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.|
Android or iOS Apps (most apps that we recommend are those suggested in the NHS Apps Library).
|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.
|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.|
|RISE||Recognition, Inspiration and Support for Everyone. A weekly self harm support group in Sheffield run by Rethink Mental Illness.|
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 .