Sometimes we find it hard to express what we’re feeling, or deal with things. Some people want to intentionally hurt themselves, or “self-harm” as a way to control certain feelings or situations.
If you are under 18 and struggling with your mental health you can refer yourself to Open Minds (CAMHS) in Calderdale who provide specialist mental health support for children and young people. Phone: 01422 300 001 or fill out this form.
If you need to speak to someone urgently then you can ring the out of hours support on 07385 399840 up to 8pm and 01924 316830 after 8pm.
Self-harm distraction techniques You can use these distraction techniques when you are feeling anger, fear, numb, shame, self-hatred and when you feel like you need control.
Self harm action plan This action plan aims to help you recognise what might trigger your self-harming, what your warning signs are, and what you need to do on a daily basis to minimise your self-harming behaviours.
Young Minds – No Harm Done This project is aimed at young people who are self harming or at risk of self harming, their parents and the professionals working with them. As part of No Harm Done, a series of resource packs were created for young people, parents and professionals.
Talking about self-harm is video from Mind. Young people talk about the reasons behind their self-harm, the different ways they have learned to cope and how they think friends and family could have supported them.
Self-Harm Factsheet This factsheet from Rethink Mental Illness looks at what self-harm is and why you may self-harm. It could help if you are using self-harm to cope with how you’re feeling, or if you are thinking about self-harming. It explains what support you can get and how to help yourself if you self-harm.
Papyrus – Prevention of Young Suicide Papyrus provides confidential support and advice to young people struggling with thoughts of suicide through our helpline, HOPELINEUK 0800 068 41 41.