Today, March 1st, is Self-Injury Awareness Day.
Raising awareness about self-injury is incredibly important. Awareness leads to understanding and empathy, banishing judgment and fear, and reducing the number of people who feel alone and suffer in silence. Raising awareness is about educating people who do not self-injure, and reaching out to people who do by challenging the stigma around self-injury that stops people looking for help.
What is Self-Harm or Self-Injury?
Self-harm/injury is when you hurt yourself as a way of dealing with very difficult feelings, painful memories or overwhelming situations and experiences.
Why might you self- harm/injury?
There are no fixed rules about why people self-harm. It really can be very different for everyone.
Support & Treatment available:
Sometimes outside support is needed to help you make positive changes. You may need to try a few different things to find what works for you, and combine self-help techniques with professional support:
- Your GP
- Talking treatments
- Support groups
- Online support
- Treatment for scars
Mind’s services – https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/helplines/
Local MINDS – https://www.mind.org.uk/about-us/local-minds/
Minds Side by Side – https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/side-by-side-our-online-community/
distrACT – www.nhs.uk/apps-library/distract – App which provides information and advice about self-harm.
Harmless – www.harmless.org.uk – User-led organisation that supports people who self-harm, and their friends and family.
LifeSIGNS – www.lifesigns.org.uk – User-led self-harm guidance and support network.
Mental Health Foundation – The Truth About Self Harm
Self-injury Support – selfinjurysupport.org.uk – Information and support for women and girls affected by self-harm, trauma and abuse.
YoungMinds – 85258 (crisis messenger service – text the letters YM)
youngminds.org.uk – Committed to improving the mental health of babies, children and young people, including support for parents and carers.
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