Self-harming and self-injury

Self injury Support

This national organisation supports girls and women affected by self-injury or self-harm.  On the website you will find a collection of guidance, research and useful educational tools from many different sources.

There is also a wealth of information for those that self-injure, concerned others and professionals.

Text and email support

Text this number: 0780 047 2908 or Email TESS online here.
Days: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
7pm – 9pm.

‘TESS’ text and email support is available for girls and young women up to 24 years in the UK affected by self-harm.

If you don’t know how to start talking, just text or email “hello”.

TESS replies to all messages.  Their aim is to text back within half an hour and to email within 24 hours during our opening times.

Sometimes when they are very busy messages will take longer – occasionally they have to reply to emails or texts the following day.  You will receive an auto message from them letting you know if they are experiencing a high number of texts and emails.

For more information see this direct link – there is also a live webchat available during open hours.

FREE Self Injury Helpline – 0808 800 8088

Days: Monday to Thursday.
7pm – 10pm.

‘CASS’ phone helpline is for women of any age and background affected by self-injury, whether their own or that of a friend or family member.  It provides confidential non-judgmental emotional support around self-injury.

All calls are answered by female volunteers who have received specialist training.  You can talk about anything you want to.   They won’t tell anyone you called – unless you tell them exactly where you are and that you’re currently at risk of harm.

You don’t have to be in crisis or distress at the time you call.  You can talk for up to half an hour each time they are open.

For more information see this direct link.

Around the clock help

The following agencies are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week:
Childline – call 0800 1111 (Talk, webchat and email)
The Police – 999 (emergency) or 101 (non-emergency number).