It can be a very lonely place to be in when you’re self harming, but it is more common than you may realise. A lot of people think self harm is either cutting and/or overdosing but a lot of things done in excess could be seen as self harm. Examples of these are: getting drunk, doing drugs, smoking, getting into fights and getting tattoos or piercings. There are also less obvious things such as rubbing skin, digging your nails into yourself or pinching yourself.
If you’re concerned that any of the above applies to you, a friend or family member, please don’t panic! Self harm can be a strategy people use to cope with what’s going on in their life.
Our Right Here youth ambassadors are working hard to reduce the stigma attached to self-harm and Suicidal feelings. We have developed resources that can be used both by young people and those supporting them, to increase awareness, understanding, and communication.
Download our Self Harm guide here.
If you are feeling suicidal and need to get support/talk to someone please contact the following:
If you are in danger right now and you need emergency help then please call: 999
Speak to the Rapid Response Service in Brighton and Hove, open 24/7: 0300 304 0078
Hopeline: Call: 0800 068 41 41 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org SMS: 07786 209697
HOPELineUK is a specialist telephone service staffed by trained professionals who give non-judgemental support, practical advice and information to;
- Children, teenagers and young people up to the age of 35 who are worried about how they are feeling
- Anyone who is concerned about a young person