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Self-Harm

Commonly known as: self injury

Self-Harm

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If you are concerned about yourself, a friend or family member or your own behaviour, it is an emergency.

What is self-harm?

Self-harm is an act which is intended to cause injury to oneself but is not intended to result in death. It is often a physical response to coping with mental pain. Support is available for anyone who self-harms or has thoughts of self-harm, as well as for friends and family.

 

Helpful information and advice

Self-harm is often a way of coping with painful and difficult feelings.

If you are thinking about self-harming, or have already hurt yourself or worried about someone who is self-harming it is important to seek help. There are many free support services and helplines which are there to listen/help. They are confidential, free and not judgemental. See helplines and support below.

 

Self-help advice

As well as services/helplines, there are resources which provide information to help people understand why people self-harm, as well as advice on how to resist or manage the urge to self-harm.

Our self-help resources below include:

  • Approved websites which help people understand self-harm, as well as providing advice and support.
  • Approved free apps, which provide information and advice to help you resist or manage the urge to self-harm.
  • Helpful information including the Samaritan’s ‘Finding Your Way’ guide, which includes advice on how to develop a self-harm safety plan and information produced by PAPYRUS Prevention of Young Suicide.
  • If you feel you may harm yourself and/or are already self-harming, you don’t need to experiences these feelings alone. Talk to someone you trust or see our ‘helplines’ section below.
  • If you or someone you know need urgent help – go to our ‘urgent help’ page immediately.

 

If you need further help

  • If you feel you may harm yourself and/or are already self-harming, you don’t need to experiences these feelings alone. Talk to someone you trust or speak to your GP. You may find it helpful to talk to a free listening or support organisation. See our ‘helplines’ section below.
  • If you or someone you know need urgent help – go to our ‘urgent help’ page immediately.
  • If you are aged under 18 and need urgent advice/self-referral to local mental health and wellbeing services in the Aneurin Bevan University Health Board, contact SPACE Wellbeing. Details can be found on the website.
Last updated: 27.07.2022

Self-help resources for those worried about or experiencing self-harm

Browse our free self-help resources for those experiencing self-harm, approved by mental health experts.

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Finding Your Way – A guide for anyone who is struggling to cope | Samaritans

Loneliness, Low Mood, Money, Self-Harm, Suicide mind
Websites Websites

Samaritans Self-Help App

Depression, Low Mood, Self-Harm, Students' Mental Health, Suicide, Young Person's Mental Health mind
Apps (iOS) Apps (iOS)

Calm Harm App (iOS) – Free award winning app that helps you manage or resist the urge to self-harm.

Self-Harm

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Apps (Android) Apps (Android)

Calm Harm App (Android) – Free award winning app that helps you manage or resist the urge to self-harm.

Self-Harm

Stem4

Websites Websites

Heads Above The Waves – a not-for-profit organisation that promotes positive ways of dealing with depression and self-harm in young people

Depression, Self-Harm, Students' Mental Health, Suicide, Young Person's Mental Health mind
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Self-Harm Leaflet – Papyrus, Prevention of Young Suicide

Self-Harm mind
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Self-harm – NHS Self-help Guide

Self-Harm mind
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Self Harm – NHS Easy Read Guide

Self-Harm, Suicide, Young Person's Mental Health mind
Apps (iOS) Apps (iOS)

distrACT App (iOS) – Free app provides trusted information and links to support people who self-harm and may feel suicidal.

Self-Harm, Suicide, Young Person's Mental Health

Expert Self Care

Apps (Android) Apps (Android)

distrACT App (Android) – Free app provides trusted information and links to support people who self-harm and may feel suicidal.

Self-Harm, Suicide, Young Person's Mental Health

Expert Self Care

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Helplines and support for those experiencing self-harm

See below for helplines for those experiencing self-harm. To see our full list of helplines, visit our helplines page.

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Samaritans – For Everyone

If you are struggling to cope and need someone to talk to, Samaritans will listen. You can contact Samaritans 24 hours a day, 365 days a year on 116 123 (free from any phone) or email [email protected].

You can also call the Samaritans Welsh Language Line (free from any phone) on 0808 164 0123 (7pm–11pm every day).

Visit the Samaritans Cymru website ➝

Shout

Text Shout to 85258 – Shout is the UK’s first 24/7 text servicefree on all major mobile networks, for anyone in crisis anytime, anywhere.

It’s a place to go if you’re struggling to cope and you need immediate help.

Shout is powered by a team of volunteers, who are at the heart of the service. We take people from crisis to calm every single day.

Visit the Shout website ➝
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Meic

Meic is the helpline service for children and young people up to the age of 25 in Wales. From finding out what’s going on in your local area to help dealing with a tricky situation, Meic will listen even when no-one else will. We won’t judge you and will help by giving you information, useful advice and the support you need to make a change.

Visit the Meic website ➝
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Childline – for children and young people under 19

Childline is here to help anyone under 19 in the UK with any issue they’re going through. You can talk about anything. Whether it’s something big or small, our trained counsellors are here to support you.

Get help and advice about a wide range of issues, call us, talk to a counsellor online, send Childline an email or post on the message boards.

Call on 0800 1111 – the number will not show up on your phone bill.

Visit the Childline website ➝
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