Self-harming and self-injury
The Adolescent Self Injury Foundation is a non-profit organization which aims to raise awareness about adolescent self injury. The website provides education, prevention techniques, resources and research. Information regarding how parents and friends can help and understanding adolescent self injury is also available.
LifeSIGNS is an online user-led voluntary organization which provides self-injury guidance and network support. Their support forum offers anonymous 24 hour support. LifeSIGNS provides a range of information and help and works to guide people towards new ways of coping.
The self harm organisation supports people struggling with self harm and provides a range of resources about action plans and recovery.
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.
Time: 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.
FREE Self Injury Helpline – 0808 800 8088
Days: Monday to Thursday.
Time: 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.
Self harm UK is a project which aims to support young people affected by self-harm. Alumina is their online based support group for 14 – 18 year olds who self-harm. Live online group meetings are available. Alumina Live is a 6 part course which provides interactive support and encouragement. Each session takes place online at the same time each week. Their on-demand service is a video-based course.
The Recovery Course is a Twelve Step programme albeit one that focuses on all kinds of addiction from alcohol and drug dependency through to gambling, sex addiction, pornography, self – harming and eating disorders. It is designed to bring freedom to people who struggle with addiction or any compulsive behaviour.
When: Every Thursday from 7-9.30pm (28th September 2017 to 11th January 2018).
Where: St Swithun’s Church, Gervis Road, Bournemouth, BH1 3ED
Tel: 01202 241077. No referral needed, you can simply turn up.
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).