Explains self-harm, including possible causes and how you can access treatment and support. Includes tips for helping yourself, and guidance for friends and family.

Your stories

My body comes with a trigger warning

Seaneen blogs about living with the scars of self-harm.

Seaneen Molloy-Vaughan
Posted on 23/09/2015

...but you look fine to me?

Susanna talks about the difficulties of coping with mental health problems you can see, and those you can't.

Posted on 20/10/2014

How going to A&E helped me

Caroline blogs about how a visit to A&E helped her to realise she needed help.

Posted on 27/11/2013

Useful contacts

British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP)

0161 705 4304
Maintains register of accredited CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) therapists.

British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)

01455 883 300
Lists accredited therapists.

A safe, supportive online community where you can listen, be heard and share your experiences with others.

User-led organisation for people who self-harm, and their friends and families.

User-led self-harm guidance and support network.

The Mix

0808 808 4994 (helpline)
Helpline and online support for people aged 16–25.

National Self Harm Network (NSHN)
Survivor-led closely monitored forum for people who self-harm, and their friends and families.

NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence)

0300 323 0140
Provides guidance on health and social care.

PALS (Patient advice and liaison service)

NHS department that supports service users to make complaints about their experience or treatment through the NHS. Further information on PALS can be found on NHS Choices.


116 123 (freephone 24-hour helpline)
[email protected]
Freepost RSRB-KKBY-CYJK, PO Box 90 90, Stirling, FK8 2SA
Emotional support for anyone feeling isolated, distressed or struggling to cope.


0300 304 7000
Support and information about mental health problems, including online support.

Self-injury Support

(formerly BCSW – Bristol Crisis Service for Women)

0808 800 8088 (helpline Mon–Fri 7–10pm)
0780 047 2908 (text support)
Information and support for people who self-harm, including a self-harm diary and local support groups for men and women.

UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)

020 7014 9955
Maintains register of qualified psychotherapists.


0808 802 5544 (parent helpline)
Information for parents and young people about mental health and wellbeing.

This information was published in October 2016. We will revise it in 2019.

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