Self Harm and Suicide

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 launchpadncl@aol.com or 0191 233 0382 or Steve O’Driscoll 07947 766 327

Harmless

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.

RecoverYourLife.com

RecoverYourLife.com 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.

self-injury.net

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

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 www.befrienders.org to find your nearest helpline.

TheSite.org – Self Harm: Recovery, Advice and Support

TheSite.org is owned and run by YouthNet UK. TheSite.org aims to be the first place all young adults turn to when they need support and guidance through life.

Suicide

Befrienders Worldwide

Befrienders listen to people who are lonely, despairing or considering suicide. They don’t judge them, don’t tell them what to do. They listen. That may not sound much – but it can make the difference between life and death. People who feel suicidal are often so focused on a particular problem or pain that they find it difficult to see a way forward. Talking openly to a befriender, in a safe and confidential environment, can help.

If U Care Share Foundation

Daniel O’Hare was 19 years of age, when without any warning he took his own life. Daniel’s brother Matthew, aged then 10 along with his cousin Sarah, then 13 started If U Care Share to try and prevent a family suffering the pain they have. They wanted to create a lasting memory to Daniel.

PAPYRUS

PAPYRUS is a voluntary UK organisation committed to the prevention of young suicide and the promotion of mental health and emotional wellbeing. PAPYRUS supports those who live or work with suicidal young people; commissions research and campaigns for change; shares expertise and good practice; produces resources for families and professionals.

SAVE (Suicide Awareness Voices of Education)

SAVE is a non-profit organisation governed by an all volunteer Board of Directors and operating under the non-profit laws of the State of Minnesota, USA. The mission of SAVE is to prevent suicide through public awareness and education, reduce stigma and serve as a resource to those touched by suicide.

Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide

Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide exists to meet the needs and break the isolation of those bereaved by the suicide of a close relative or friend. It is a self-help organisation offering emotional and practical support in a number of ways: confidential telephone helpline; support information; help by e-mail; group meetings (in a number of locations); one-day conferences; residential events; information relating to practical issues and problems.

Samaritans

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 www.befrienders.org to find your nearest helpline.

Zero Suicide Alliance free ‘suicide prevention’ online training

The Zero Suicide Alliance is a collaborative of National Health Service trusts, businesses and individuals who are all committed to suicide prevention in the UK and beyond. The alliance is ultimately concerned with improving support for people contemplating suicide by raising awareness of and promoting FREE suicide prevention training which is accessible to all. The aims of this training are to: enable people to identify when someone is presenting with suicidal thoughts/behaviour, to be able to speak out in a supportive manner, and to empower them to signpost the individual to the correct services or support.

The training is online and only takes 20 minutes.

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