Self-harm is when an individual intentionally injures or hurts their body as a way of coping or dealing with overwhelming emotional distress or difficult feelings. It can be when an individual’s intention is to physically hurt, punish themselves or could relieve tension that they feel is unbearable.
Self-harming can include: cutting yourself, poisoning yourself, over-eating or under-eating, burning your skin, inserting objects into your body, hitting yourself or walls, overdosing, exercising excessively, scratching and hair pulling.
Useful information and advice
YoungMinds is the UK’s leading charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people.
Support after suicide
The Suicide Bereavement Support Partnership (SBSP) is the UK’s national hub for organisations and individuals working across the UK to support people who have been bereaved or affected by suicide. Please take the opportunity to download their 'Help is at Hand' guidance on support after someone may have died by suicide.
Samaritans is a charity that provides emotional support to people who are facing emotional support, at risk of suicide or struggling to cope throughout the UK. Please visit their website for more information.
Bullying UK (advice parents and schools)
Support and information regarding bullying
Challenging behaviour foundation
For BME families managing ASD
The national attention deficit disorder information and support service
Charity supporting anyone affected by eating disorders, anorexia, bulimia or any other difficulties with food, weight and shape.
Diabetics with eating disorders – support information
previously parent line- online forums and parent courses
Website for single parents- online forum, courses and information
Parent support group- helpline and advice
Website has articles, podcasts etc
Module especially for families – parents and carers who are looking for advice and tips about CYP mental health, alongside existing modules for professionals
Explains what young people and families can expect when they visit CAMHS
The NSPCC provides useful information regarding self-harming and where individuals can go to receive help.