With support from the people in your life and maybe with a little help from other sources, such as the resources on this website, you’ll most likely find ways to manage, reduce or stop self-harming.
However, depending on how big a part self-harm plays in your coping, you may find it difficult to manage on your own. So, if you’re worried about self-harm, or if you have concerns about your mental health more generally and need further support, please make sure you get in touch with your GP to ask for help.
The Lothian Health and Social Care Partnership websites are a good place to look for support that’s available locally:
- The iThrive website focuses on support available Edinburgh–wide. You can search for local support to meet your needs by clicking here.
- Midspace is Midlothian’s online source of mental health and wellbeing information. You can search for local support to meet your needs by clicking here.
- Eastspace is East Lothian’s online source of mental health and wellbeing information. You can search for local support to meet your needs by clicking here.
- Westspace is West Lothian’s online source of mental health and wellbeing information. You can search for local support to meet your needs by clicking here.
The following national organisations focus specifically on trauma and may also be helpful:
- Harmless – 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, families and professionals. www.harmless.org.uk
- LifeSIGNS – A user-led self-harm guidance and support network. www.lifesigns.org.uk
- National Self Harm Network (NSHN) – 0800 622 6000. Survivor-led online support forum for people who self-harm, their friends and families. www.nshn.co.uk
- Self-injury Support – 0808 800 8088 and 0780 047 2908 (text support). Information and support for women and girls affected by self-harm, trauma and abuse. www.selfinjurysupport.org.uk
- Battle Scars – Support for anybody affected by self-harm, people who self-harm, and those supporting them https://www.battle-scars-self-harm.org.uk/
- www.selfharm.org.uk – Site dedicated to young people and self-harm. Includes details of helpful organisations, research studies and entries from individuals. Although aimed at young people, this site is also helpful for parents who have children who are self-harming.
- www.scar-tissue.net This website has lots of ideas and tips on coping with self-harm.
- www.seemescotland.org/links/index.php – A list of useful websites.
- www.siari.co.uk – Aimed at supporting the families and friends of people who self-harm.
If you, or someone you know, is in crisis and in imminent danger of causing harm to themselves or others, call 999 immediately
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