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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.

#NoHarmDone – A Parent’s Journey

#NoHarmDone is a response to a powerful cry for help from young people, parents and professional who have told YoungMinds just how difficult dealing with self-harm is. This film was produced in order to explore how self-harm can affect a parent and a child.

How to get Started on Stopping Self-Harming

This video by Dr Pooky Knightsmith is aimed at anyone who is currently struggling with self-harm and is keen to find healthier ways to manage. She shares a number of practical tips and ideas for you to try.

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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.

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.

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.

Harmless

Harmless is a volunteer led organisation which provides a range of services about self harm including support, information, training and consultancy to people who self harm, their friends and families, and professionals.

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

Whether you have started self-harming or whether you are afraid you may start, the fact you are looking for these resources is a big first step. Nobody goes through their teenage years without having to negotiate changes and difficulties, but it's how we learn to deal with them that matters and that you get the right support when you need it most.

Self-Harm – Identification

Self-harm is when someone hurts themselves on purpose. In most cases there is no suicidal intention but a teenagers safety must always be kept in mind and it may be helpful to have the risk they pose to themselves assess by a professional.

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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.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

#NoHarmDone – A Parent’s Journey

#NoHarmDone is a response to a powerful cry for help from young people, parents and professional who have told YoungMinds just how difficult dealing with self-harm is. This film was produced in order to explore how self-harm can affect a parent and a child.

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.

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.

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.

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

Whether you have started self-harming or whether you are afraid you may start, the fact you are looking for these resources is a big first step. Nobody goes through their teenage years without having to negotiate changes and difficulties, but it's how we learn to deal with them that matters and that you get the right support when you need it most.

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.

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 View all apps / online services

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.

#NoHarmDone – A Parent’s Journey

#NoHarmDone is a response to a powerful cry for help from young people, parents and professional who have told YoungMinds just how difficult dealing with self-harm is. This film was produced in order to explore how self-harm can affect a parent and a child.

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.

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.

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.

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

Whether you have started self-harming or whether you are afraid you may start, the fact you are looking for these resources is a big first step. Nobody goes through their teenage years without having to negotiate changes and difficulties, but it's how we learn to deal with them that matters and that you get the right support when you need it most.

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.

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 View all apps / online services

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.

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.