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Self Harm Resources for Young People

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Here are the resources we found for self harm for young people:

Will’s Story: Coping with Self Harm

Will started to self-harm after his mum died as a way of coping with anger. He thought this was the only option for him, until his sister suggested art as an outlet for his anger. This video shows how art and self expression helped Will stop self-harming.

Self Harm: Should Injuries and Scars be Hidden

In this video, Dr Pooky Knightsmith talks about whether injuries and scars should be hidden. She suggests that while an injury is still healing, they should be covered to avoid infection. When these injuries become scars you should treat them like any other scar and dress for the weather, having scars showing if you feel comfortable.

Under the Knife – Icon for Hire

This song from Icon for Hire covers the topic of self harm. It shares how young people can often feel like they are alone when it comes to self harm but in reality there are a lot of other people who are suffering in silence as well.

Moving on from Self-Harm

Moving on from self-harm can be difficult but there are ways to support yourself. In this video, Childline counsellor Alex talks through some of the ways you can cope after moving on from self-harm.

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The Youth Wellbeing Directory from the Anna Freud Centre

(Featured resource)The Youth Wellbeing Directory is an online directory of organisations that support young people with a wide range of mental health and wellbeing issues. You can search by postcode or keywords, and quickly find the details of local organisations and services that can support the needs of young people and families.

MIND, the Mental Health Charity

(Featured resource)Every year, one in four of us will experience a mental health problem but hundreds of thousands of people are still struggling. MIND believe no-one should have to face a mental health problem alone. They will listen, give you support and advice, and fight your corner.

Young Minds

(Featured resource)Young Minds is a leading UK charity focusing on mental health and wellbeing in young people. They provide comprehensive help and advice on a variety of topics including what mental health is, feelings and symptoms, conditions, how to look after yourself and so much more.

ReachOut

ReachOut is a leading online mental health organisation for young people, providing practical support to help them get through everything from everyday issues to tough times. The website is full of apps and tools that young people can use as well as information to help educate and advise young people about their mental health.

The Youth Wellbeing Directory from the Anna Freud Centre

(Featured resource)The Youth Wellbeing Directory is an online directory of organisations that support young people with a wide range of mental health and wellbeing issues. You can search by postcode or keywords, and quickly find the details of local organisations and services that can support the needs of young people and families.

The ’13 Reasons Why’ Toolkit

’13 Reasons Why’, is a hit Netflix show that focusses on the fictional suicide of a teenage girl in an American High School, and the causes and circumstances that surrounded that, including bullying and sexual violence. For Series Two of the show, Netflix commissioned a toolkit of resources and advice for parents, educators and young people.

Self Harm

Self harm is when someone purposely hurts themselves, usually in order to cope with intense emotional distress. It is estimated that around 3.8% of the population self harms. This webpage from Time to Change offers the facts about self harm and aims to bust some myths and misconceptions you might have about self harm.

Self Harm

Self-harm refers to the different ways that people deliberately harm themselves. It might conjure up images of someone cutting themselves, but it can also include things like deliberate burning, scratching, hair pulling or taking an overdose. Sometimes people self-harm in secret and it might be a long time before they feel able to tell someone else about it.

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The ’13 Reasons Why’ Toolkit

’13 Reasons Why’, is a hit Netflix show that focusses on the fictional suicide of a teenage girl in an American High School, and the causes and circumstances that surrounded that, including bullying and sexual violence. For Series Two of the show, Netflix commissioned a toolkit of resources and advice for parents, educators and young people.

Self Harm Fact Sheet

This is a short 3 page fact sheet aimed at young people to explain the topic of self harm in a way that young people will understand.

No Harm Done – Things Can Change

This short 6 page booklet contains information and help for young people who are worried about self-harm. It contains a message of hope from young people who have gone through periods of self-harm, common questions about self-harm and some advice from other young people.

Talking about Mental Health

This booklet from Together looks at different ways types of mental distress can be described. It shows that many mental health conditions are described in very different ways by different groups of people – such as doctors, people in other parts of the world, and those who experience them.

App / online service

For Me: The Childline App

The app from childline allows you to be in control of the content you receive. From pin based protection to mood based advice, the control is all in your hands with the For Me app from ChildLine. This app gives you access to all of Childlines content as well as one to one chat with a counsellor, and forums full of young people to share advice and tips.

Calm Harm App – Android Version

Calm Harm provides tasks to help you resist or manage the urge to self-harm. The app provides four categories of tasks to help you surf the urge. Distract helps you learn self-control. Comfort helps you care rather than harm. Express Yourself gets those feelings out in a different way and, Release provides safe alternatives to self injury.

Calm Harm App – iOS Version

Calm Harm provides tasks to help you resist or manage the urge to self-harm. The app provides four categories of tasks to help you surf the urge. Distract helps you learn self-control. Comfort helps you care rather than harm. Express Yourself gets those feelings out in a different way and, Release provides safe alternatives to self injury.

Big White Wall

Big White Wall is an online mental health and wellbeing service offering self-help programmes, creative outlets and a community that care. When you’re dealing with everyday stressors or major life events, the peer support will help you get through it.

Why do I hurt myself?

Self-harm is often a way of coping with painful and difficult feelings of distress. Someone may harm themselves because they feel overwhelmed and don’t know how else to deal with things. It is usually a very private issue. Motivations and methods will differ from one person to another. Understanding what you can do now and how you can get the support you need is vital. This message from Zumos offers you a way forward to a more positive life.

News article

Young Men are Hidden Self-Harmers

When it comes to information on self-harm, young men are often overlooked. A YouGov Survey commissioned by three leading youth charities found an alarming number of men were self-harming or had considered it. The Mix writes up the findings from this report and discusses how we can help young men when they are not okay.

Will’s Story: Coping with Self Harm

Will started to self-harm after his mum died as a way of coping with anger. He thought this was the only option for him, until his sister suggested art as an outlet for his anger. This video shows how art and self expression helped Will stop self-harming.

Self Harm: Should Injuries and Scars be Hidden

In this video, Dr Pooky Knightsmith talks about whether injuries and scars should be hidden. She suggests that while an injury is still healing, they should be covered to avoid infection. When these injuries become scars you should treat them like any other scar and dress for the weather, having scars showing if you feel comfortable.

Under the Knife – Icon for Hire

This song from Icon for Hire covers the topic of self harm. It shares how young people can often feel like they are alone when it comes to self harm but in reality there are a lot of other people who are suffering in silence as well.

Organisation View all organisations

The Youth Wellbeing Directory from the Anna Freud Centre

(Featured resource)The Youth Wellbeing Directory is an online directory of organisations that support young people with a wide range of mental health and wellbeing issues. You can search by postcode or keywords, and quickly find the details of local organisations and services that can support the needs of young people and families.

MIND, the Mental Health Charity

(Featured resource)Every year, one in four of us will experience a mental health problem but hundreds of thousands of people are still struggling. MIND believe no-one should have to face a mental health problem alone. They will listen, give you support and advice, and fight your corner.

Young Minds

(Featured resource)Young Minds is a leading UK charity focusing on mental health and wellbeing in young people. They provide comprehensive help and advice on a variety of topics including what mental health is, feelings and symptoms, conditions, how to look after yourself and so much more.

The Youth Wellbeing Directory from the Anna Freud Centre

(Featured resource)The Youth Wellbeing Directory is an online directory of organisations that support young people with a wide range of mental health and wellbeing issues. You can search by postcode or keywords, and quickly find the details of local organisations and services that can support the needs of young people and families.

The ’13 Reasons Why’ Toolkit

’13 Reasons Why’, is a hit Netflix show that focusses on the fictional suicide of a teenage girl in an American High School, and the causes and circumstances that surrounded that, including bullying and sexual violence. For Series Two of the show, Netflix commissioned a toolkit of resources and advice for parents, educators and young people.

Self Harm

Self harm is when someone purposely hurts themselves, usually in order to cope with intense emotional distress. It is estimated that around 3.8% of the population self harms. This webpage from Time to Change offers the facts about self harm and aims to bust some myths and misconceptions you might have about self harm.

The ’13 Reasons Why’ Toolkit

’13 Reasons Why’, is a hit Netflix show that focusses on the fictional suicide of a teenage girl in an American High School, and the causes and circumstances that surrounded that, including bullying and sexual violence. For Series Two of the show, Netflix commissioned a toolkit of resources and advice for parents, educators and young people.

Self Harm Fact Sheet

This is a short 3 page fact sheet aimed at young people to explain the topic of self harm in a way that young people will understand.

No Harm Done – Things Can Change

This short 6 page booklet contains information and help for young people who are worried about self-harm. It contains a message of hope from young people who have gone through periods of self-harm, common questions about self-harm and some advice from other young people.

App / online service View all apps / online services

For Me: The Childline App

The app from childline allows you to be in control of the content you receive. From pin based protection to mood based advice, the control is all in your hands with the For Me app from ChildLine. This app gives you access to all of Childlines content as well as one to one chat with a counsellor, and forums full of young people to share advice and tips.

Calm Harm App – Android Version

Calm Harm provides tasks to help you resist or manage the urge to self-harm. The app provides four categories of tasks to help you surf the urge. Distract helps you learn self-control. Comfort helps you care rather than harm. Express Yourself gets those feelings out in a different way and, Release provides safe alternatives to self injury.

Calm Harm App – iOS Version

Calm Harm provides tasks to help you resist or manage the urge to self-harm. The app provides four categories of tasks to help you surf the urge. Distract helps you learn self-control. Comfort helps you care rather than harm. Express Yourself gets those feelings out in a different way and, Release provides safe alternatives to self injury.

Why do I hurt myself?

Self-harm is often a way of coping with painful and difficult feelings of distress. Someone may harm themselves because they feel overwhelmed and don’t know how else to deal with things. It is usually a very private issue. Motivations and methods will differ from one person to another. Understanding what you can do now and how you can get the support you need is vital. This message from Zumos offers you a way forward to a more positive life.

News article

Young Men are Hidden Self-Harmers

When it comes to information on self-harm, young men are often overlooked. A YouGov Survey commissioned by three leading youth charities found an alarming number of men were self-harming or had considered it. The Mix writes up the findings from this report and discusses how we can help young men when they are not okay.

Will’s Story: Coping with Self Harm

Will started to self-harm after his mum died as a way of coping with anger. He thought this was the only option for him, until his sister suggested art as an outlet for his anger. This video shows how art and self expression helped Will stop self-harming.

Self Harm: Should Injuries and Scars be Hidden

In this video, Dr Pooky Knightsmith talks about whether injuries and scars should be hidden. She suggests that while an injury is still healing, they should be covered to avoid infection. When these injuries become scars you should treat them like any other scar and dress for the weather, having scars showing if you feel comfortable.

Under the Knife – Icon for Hire

This song from Icon for Hire covers the topic of self harm. It shares how young people can often feel like they are alone when it comes to self harm but in reality there are a lot of other people who are suffering in silence as well.

Why do I hurt myself?

Self-harm is often a way of coping with painful and difficult feelings of distress. Someone may harm themselves because they feel overwhelmed and don’t know how else to deal with things. It is usually a very private issue. Motivations and methods will differ from one person to another. Understanding what you can do now and how you can get the support you need is vital. This message from Zumos offers you a way forward to a more positive life.

Organisation View all organisations

The Youth Wellbeing Directory from the Anna Freud Centre

(Featured resource)The Youth Wellbeing Directory is an online directory of organisations that support young people with a wide range of mental health and wellbeing issues. You can search by postcode or keywords, and quickly find the details of local organisations and services that can support the needs of young people and families.

MIND, the Mental Health Charity

(Featured resource)Every year, one in four of us will experience a mental health problem but hundreds of thousands of people are still struggling. MIND believe no-one should have to face a mental health problem alone. They will listen, give you support and advice, and fight your corner.

Young Minds

(Featured resource)Young Minds is a leading UK charity focusing on mental health and wellbeing in young people. They provide comprehensive help and advice on a variety of topics including what mental health is, feelings and symptoms, conditions, how to look after yourself and so much more.

The Youth Wellbeing Directory from the Anna Freud Centre

(Featured resource)The Youth Wellbeing Directory is an online directory of organisations that support young people with a wide range of mental health and wellbeing issues. You can search by postcode or keywords, and quickly find the details of local organisations and services that can support the needs of young people and families.

The ’13 Reasons Why’ Toolkit

’13 Reasons Why’, is a hit Netflix show that focusses on the fictional suicide of a teenage girl in an American High School, and the causes and circumstances that surrounded that, including bullying and sexual violence. For Series Two of the show, Netflix commissioned a toolkit of resources and advice for parents, educators and young people.

Self Harm

Self harm is when someone purposely hurts themselves, usually in order to cope with intense emotional distress. It is estimated that around 3.8% of the population self harms. This webpage from Time to Change offers the facts about self harm and aims to bust some myths and misconceptions you might have about self harm.

The ’13 Reasons Why’ Toolkit

’13 Reasons Why’, is a hit Netflix show that focusses on the fictional suicide of a teenage girl in an American High School, and the causes and circumstances that surrounded that, including bullying and sexual violence. For Series Two of the show, Netflix commissioned a toolkit of resources and advice for parents, educators and young people.

Self Harm Fact Sheet

This is a short 3 page fact sheet aimed at young people to explain the topic of self harm in a way that young people will understand.

No Harm Done – Things Can Change

This short 6 page booklet contains information and help for young people who are worried about self-harm. It contains a message of hope from young people who have gone through periods of self-harm, common questions about self-harm and some advice from other young people.

App / online service View all apps / online services

For Me: The Childline App

The app from childline allows you to be in control of the content you receive. From pin based protection to mood based advice, the control is all in your hands with the For Me app from ChildLine. This app gives you access to all of Childlines content as well as one to one chat with a counsellor, and forums full of young people to share advice and tips.

Calm Harm App – Android Version

Calm Harm provides tasks to help you resist or manage the urge to self-harm. The app provides four categories of tasks to help you surf the urge. Distract helps you learn self-control. Comfort helps you care rather than harm. Express Yourself gets those feelings out in a different way and, Release provides safe alternatives to self injury.

Calm Harm App – iOS Version

Calm Harm provides tasks to help you resist or manage the urge to self-harm. The app provides four categories of tasks to help you surf the urge. Distract helps you learn self-control. Comfort helps you care rather than harm. Express Yourself gets those feelings out in a different way and, Release provides safe alternatives to self injury.

News article

Young Men are Hidden Self-Harmers

When it comes to information on self-harm, young men are often overlooked. A YouGov Survey commissioned by three leading youth charities found an alarming number of men were self-harming or had considered it. The Mix writes up the findings from this report and discusses how we can help young men when they are not okay.