Childline is a free, private and confidential service to help anyone less than 19 years with any issue they are going through. They are available online, on the phone, anytime.
A safe, supportive online community where young people can be listened to, be heard and share their experiences with others. The Elefriend will also provide tips and information throughout the forum.
Harmless is a user led organisation that 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. They provide free information, advice and offer paid for resources for professionals.
harmLESS (info and assessment tool)
harmLESS is a resource for those who have contact with young people who are self-harming. It is designed to help you talk about self-harm with a young person so that you can decide what support might be helpful. harmLESS is a guide. If you are still unsure or worried about a young person then phone your local CAMHS team.
Health behaviour in school age children (HBSC): data analysis
Thematic analysis of the recent HBSC survey data to explore the rising trend in poorer emotional wellbeing of young people. Themes includes self-harm in adolescence, wellbeing of adolescent girls and cyberbullying.
Mind is a national charity who provides advice and support to anyone experiencing a mental health problem. They campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding. They have a fantastic page (find through A-Z) which explains self-harm, including possible causes and how young people can access treatment and support. It also includes tips for helping young people and guidance for friends and family.
National Self Harm Network
Survivor-led closely monitored forum for people who self-harm, and their friends and families.
Rethink Mental Illness
Rethink are a charity who provide expert, accredited advice and information to everyone affected by mental health problems. Their self-harm page gives a range of information as well as free factsheet.
Royal College of Psychiatrists School/College - Self-harm Policy
This is a self-harm policy which you have been given permission to adapt for your own needs.
The Samaritans is a national charity that offers support to everyone (including under 18s). They offer a safe place to talk, anytime and in the way a child or young person prefers. Samaritans’ primary responsibility is to the child or young person – not their parent or guardian.
SANE are a charity which provide a Helpline, Textcare and an online Support Forums and blogs for anyone aged 16 years and over affected by mental illness, including families, friends and carers.
SelfharmUK is a project dedicated to supporting young people impacted by self-harm, providing a safe space to talk, ask any questions and be honest about what’s going on their lives.
Self Injury Support
Self injury Support is a national organisation that supports girls and women affected by self-injury or self-harm. They provide a helpline, text and email support service for girls and young woman. They also have a host of resources in their Resource Hub including educational tools and lesson plans.
Somerset Children & Young People Health & Wellbeing
This is an excellent website which includes self-harm guidance, information and resources for teachers, young people and parents/carers. The resources are open access to any school. We recommend using the self-harm support action plan notes to help write or refresh your action plans.
The Mix offers information and advice on a range of things that affect the lives of young people – including self-harm. They have a free helpline, online support and offer a range of apps and tools that young people can use. Young Minds recommends this site for young people aged 16-24 years.
Young Minds is the UK’s leading charity championing the wellbeing and mental health of young people. They provide free ‘No Harm Done’ toolkits, videos and guides to getting through self-harm and coming out the other side.