Physical and Mental Harm

Domestic Violence


Refuge offers a range of services which increases women’s choices and gives them access to professional support whatever their situation. Its network of safe houses offers women emergency accommodation and the time and space to make decisions about the future. Some of its refuges are for women from specific cultural backgrounds. Refuge’s outreach services support women within their home and when they move from a refuge into a new community. Its culturally specific services work with women from a range of cultures and ethnic backgrounds.

The Hide Out

A web site created by Women’s Aid. It provides information for children and young people about domestic violence that’s easy to read and understand.

Women’s Aid

Women’s Aid is the national domestic violence charity that helps an average of over 220,000 women and children every year. The charity works to end violence against women and children, and supports over 500 domestic and sexual violence services across the country.

Emotional Support

Mental Health Matters Helpline

The Telephone Helpline consists of a team of highly trained and experienced support workers who use counselling skills to provide you with emotional guidance and information.

You might choose to call us if:

  • You may be feeling low, anxious or stressed and feel talking to another person might help you cope.
  • You may be in extreme emotional distress and feel that there is nowhere else to turn.
  • You may be caring for another person and finding it difficult to cope.

Contacting the Helpline can give you a feeling of relief, wellbeing and peace of mind. You won’t be judged and our service is confidential unless we consider that there is a risk to yourself or others.

North Tyneside: 0845 601 2458 (6pm-6am 7 days a week)

Self Harm

Bodies Under Siege – BUS

A supportive message board for people who self-harm and for their families, partners and friends.

Self Injury Support

Self injury Support (formerly Bristol Crisis Service for Women) is a national organisation that supports girls and women affected by self-injury or self-harm.

Self Injury Support:

Self Injury Support Group

A group for those who have lived experience of self-harm or self-injury. This includes a range of issues, ranging from cutting, to skin-picking, to hair-pulling and other behaviours. Run by and for service users and those who have self-harmed, it offers a supportive environment in which to share experiences, coping techniques, and the opportunity to talk to others.

It is not a clinical service, but a peer support and self-help group aimed at those for whom existing services don’t quite meet all their needs, and it works to complement, not to replace professional medical help.

For further details please contact Launchpad on or 0191 233 0382 or Steve O’Driscoll 07947 766 327


Harmless was established at the beginning of October 2007. It is a national voluntary organisation for people who self harm, their friends, families and professionals. Harmless provides a range of services about self harm including support, information, training and consultancy to people who self harm, their friends, families and professionals.

Mind – Understanding Self Harm

This booklet is for anyone who self-harms, their friends and family. It should give readers a greater understanding and knowledge of the condition and of what they can do to help overcome it.

National Self Harm Network

A discussion forum to support survivors and people who self-harm. The network supports the people it indirectly affects, like family and friends. They can discuss the issue and gain effective support in the network’s forums. The Network offers several downloads, including posters, desktop wallpapers and leaflets. is a self harm support community on the Internet, which strongly believes in a free and open atmosphere and a non-judgemental approach to all things self harm. Members can communicate with other members via the moderated forums, live chat, e-mail support or via the one-to-one live assistance.

This site is an attempt on Gabrielle’s part to contribute her voice and opinions in the growing awareness of self-injury. It is also a place that provides information and support to other self-injurers. This site is not pro-self-injury; neither is it anti-self-injury. Gabrielle has provided pages on creativity and resources and an online forum where members can talk and get support from other self injurers.

Royal College of Psychiatrists – Information on Self-Harm

Factsheet – Self-harm in young people: information for parents, carers and anyone who works with young people. This is one in a series of factsheets for parents, teachers and young people entitled Mental Health and Growing Up. The aims of these factsheets are to provide practical, up-to-date information about mental health problems (emotional, behavioural and psychiatric disorders) that can affect children and young people. This factsheet looks at the reasons behind why some young people may harm themselves, and offers practical advice about how to cope with this problem.


Samaritans provides confidential non-judgemental emotional support, 24 hours a day for people who are experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those which could lead to suicide. Samaritans offer their service by telephone, email, letter and face to face in most of our branches. Samaritans is available to anyone in the UK and Ireland. If you live outside of the UK and Ireland, visit to find your nearest helpline. – Self Harm: Recovery, Advice and Support is owned and run by YouthNet UK. aims to be the first place all young adults turn to when they need support and guidance through life.

Self Help

Beating the Blues

Beating the Blues is a computerised cognitive behavioural therapy (CCBT) programme for depression and anxiety. It has been shown to be a cost effective and time efficient way of helping people suffering from these conditions to get better and stay better. In Feb 2006 the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) recommended Beating the Blues as a treatment option for all people seen with mild or moderate depression.


MoodGYM is an interactive, online CBT program developed by researchers at the Centre for Mental Health Research (CMHR), Australian National University. The program is available free of charge. The information provided throughout MoodGYM is intended for information purposes only. This site is not designed to treat depression or anxiety or other mental health disorders. The diagnosis and treatment of clinical anxiety and depression requires a medical practitioner or qualified mental health professional. MoodGYM has been shown to be effective, compared to a control condition, in decreasing symptoms of depression in people living in the community.

Royal College of Psychiatrists – Exercise and Mental Health

This leaflet is for anyone who wants to know: how being active can make you feel better; how exercise can help depression; how active you need to be to feel better; how to get more active safely.

UK Self Help Groups

A list of links to self help groups in the United Kingdom. The page has a search facility.

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