Self-harm is when somebody intentionally damages or injures their body. It is usually a way of coping with or expressing overwhelming emotional distress.
Sometimes, when people self-harm, they feel on some level that they intend to die. More than half of people who die by suicide have a history of self-harm.
But, the intention is more often to punish themselves, express their distress, or relieve unbearable tension. Sometimes it is a mixture of all three elements.
Self-harm can also be a cry for help.
Whatever you're going through, a Samaritan will face it with you. The team at Samaritans are there 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Every six seconds in the United Kingdom alone, Samaritans respond to a call for help. No judgement. No pressure. Samaritans are there for anyone who needs someone.
Being a Samaritan means being there for people who need someone to listen. In 2018 over 20,000 people volunteered their time with the charity.
Please visit: Samaritans.org
CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably):
The Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) is leading a movement against suicide, the single biggest killer of men under 45 in the United Kingdom.
Anyone can hit crisis point. CALM run a free and confidential helpline and webchat – 7 hours a day, 7 days a week for anyone who needs to talk about life’s problems. The Campaign Against Living Miserably support those bereaved by suicide, through the Support After Suicide Partnership (SASP).
Together CALM men and women who can be family members, work colleagues, neighbours, acquaintances and everyone in between. CALM spreads their message and facilitate supportive spaces in workplaces, universities, pubs, clubs and prisons across Great Britain – so that people feel empowered to share their experiences and get the help they need before they reach the point of crisis.
Please visit: TheCALMZone.net
Facebook: The CALMZone
FREEPHONE: 0800 58 58 58
(Lines open daily 17:00 - 00:00)
(Support available daily 17:00 - 00:00)
Harmless was established at the beginning of October 2007 to respond to the needs of people who do or are at risk of self-harm and suicide. Harmless are a national voluntary organisation for people who self harm, their friends, families and professionals.
Harmless has 3 Directors and a broad range of staff members.
Harmless also has an advisory group, comprised of people who have personal and professional experience of self harm. The advisory group is consulted about developments with Harmless, and help us to develop a service that is responsive to what people need. Harmless' key belief is in giving you a voice!
Harmless aim to have a fair representation of individuals from all backgrounds on the advisory group.
Please visit: Harmless.org.uk