If you are self-harming, talking to someone and getting information online can really help. Here are helplines and online support for teenagers and children who self-harm.
Who can help you locally
Rethink runs a self-harm helpline for anyone in Gloucestershire who self-harms, is thinking of self-harming or is worried about someone else who they think might.
The helpline is open every day between 5pm – 10pm and you can speak to someone who won’t judge you and will give you confidential support and advice. Call 0808 801 0606, text 07573 410022, email firstname.lastname@example.org or go to www.gloucestershireselfharm.org
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Other information and online support
selfharmUK supports young people who self-harm , providing a safe space to talk, ask questions and be honest about what’s going on.
If you’re under 19 you can get confidential help with self-harm from ChildLine. Call 0800 1111 anytime for free or chat online.
PAPYRUS (prevention of young suicide) supports young people who are thinking of taking their own lives. Its staff are there to help you; your call is confidential and you don’t have to say who you are. Call the helpline HOPELineUK on 0800 068 41 41.
You can call the Samaritans on their 24-hour national helpline to talk about anything that is getting to you. Call 116 123 for free.
Young Minds has self-harm help and support .
The Mix has real life stories, advice and support about self-harm recovery (trigger warning: some stories may be triggering):
MIND, the mental health charity, has help and advice on self-harm .
Self Injury Support helps girls and women affected by self-harm and has an interactive website where you can explore how to deal with your feelings.
Recommended reading books
Start with Shelf Help in your local library – you can download the leaflet below. Look out for:
- The Truth About Self-Harm by Celia Richardson.