Self-harm

It’s important to know that support is available for anyone who self-harms or thinks about self-harm, as well as their friends and family.

It’s best to speak to a GP about self-harm, but you may also find it helpful to speak to a free listening service or support organisation.

A GP will listen and discuss the best options for you, which could include self-help or support groups. They can also give you advice and treatment for minor injuries.

If needed, a GP may discuss referring you for an assessment with a local community mental health team (CMHT). An assessment will help your care team work out a treatment plan with you, such as a talking therapy, to help you manage your self-harm.
Free listening services
If you just need to talk, any time of day or night, these services offer confidential advice from trained volunteers. You can talk about anything that’s troubling you, no matter how difficult:

• Call 116 123 to talk to Samaritans, or email: [email protected] for a reply within 24 hours
• Text “SHOUT” to 85258 to contact the Shout Crisis Text Line, or text “YM” if you’re under 19

If you’re under 19, you can also call 0800 1111 to talk to Childline. The number will not appear on your phone bill.

If you prefer a webchat, these services are available at certain times:

• Self Injury Support webchat (for women and girls) is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 7pm to 9.30pm
• CALM webchat (for men) is open from 5pm to midnight every day

More information about where to get help for self-harm is available here

Alternatively, take a look at the services below:

Local Listings

Qwell

Support available includes articles, forums, peer support and anonymous mental health counselling from qualified counsellors (via online messaging/chats).

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Mind

Mind is a mental health support charity and offers a way of finding out what’s available in your area, such as specific BAME groups.

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Selfharm.co.uk

Selfharm.co.uk is a charity which supports young people aged 14-19 impacted by self-harm and provides information and a moderated discussion board where you can ask questions and get support

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National Self Harm Network

National Self Harm Network is a national charity offering support, advice and advocacy services to people affected by self-harm directly or in a care role.

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Harmless

Harmless is a sponsored organisation which provides a range of services about self-harm including support, information to people who self-harm, their friends and families.

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Gloucestershire Self Harm Helpline

Gloucestershire Self Harm Helpline is a safe, supportive, non-judgmental and informative service for people who self-harm as well as their friends, families and carers.

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Stay Alive App

Stay Alive App is a free suicide prevention resource for the UK, from charity Grassroots Suicide Prevention.

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SupportLine

SupportLine is a charity which provides a confidential telephone helpline offering emotional support to any individual on any issue.

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Samaritans

Samaritans is a charity providing non-judgemental listening support to anyone. 

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Childline

Childline is a national free, private and confidential service for children and young people under the age of 19 where you can talk about anything big or small with trained counsellors.

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ChatHealth

ChatHealth offers support to young people aged between 11 – 19 with questions relating to a wide range of health and wellbeing issues

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On Your Mind Glos

On Your Mind Glos is a website providing information about to bullying, eating disorders and anxiety and where you can go for more support.

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Crisis

If you or someone you know over the age of 11 needs help in a mental health crisis, call our crisis team – available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

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National Listings

Qwell

Support available includes articles, forums, peer support and anonymous mental health counselling from qualified counsellors (via online messaging/chats).

read more

Mind

Mind is a mental health support charity and offers a way of finding out what’s available in your area, such as specific BAME groups.

read more

Selfharm.co.uk

Selfharm.co.uk is a charity which supports young people aged 14-19 impacted by self-harm and provides information and a moderated discussion board where you can ask questions and get support

read more

National Self Harm Network

National Self Harm Network is a national charity offering support, advice and advocacy services to people affected by self-harm directly or in a care role.

read more

Harmless

Harmless is a sponsored organisation which provides a range of services about self-harm including support, information to people who self-harm, their friends and families.

read more

Gloucestershire Self Harm Helpline

Gloucestershire Self Harm Helpline is a safe, supportive, non-judgmental and informative service for people who self-harm as well as their friends, families and carers.

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Stay Alive App

Stay Alive App is a free suicide prevention resource for the UK, from charity Grassroots Suicide Prevention.

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SupportLine

SupportLine is a charity which provides a confidential telephone helpline offering emotional support to any individual on any issue.

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Samaritans

Samaritans is a charity providing non-judgemental listening support to anyone. 

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Childline

Childline is a national free, private and confidential service for children and young people under the age of 19 where you can talk about anything big or small with trained counsellors.

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ChatHealth

ChatHealth offers support to young people aged between 11 – 19 with questions relating to a wide range of health and wellbeing issues

read more

On Your Mind Glos

On Your Mind Glos is a website providing information about to bullying, eating disorders and anxiety and where you can go for more support.

read more

Crisis

If you or someone you know over the age of 11 needs help in a mental health crisis, call our crisis team – available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

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