Self injury

Digital resources

  • Self injury support is a Bristol charity, offering support and information to women who self-injure.
  • Self-harm UK is a website dedicated to self-harm recovery.
  • Lifesigns have a wealth of information about strategies for managing self-harm.


  • The Calm Harm app is designed to help you manage urges to self-harm.
  • distrACT gives you discreet access to information and advice on how you can manage difficult feelings, cope with a crisis and find help and support when you need it most.

Videos, films and talks

Stop self harming - advice about techniques to stop self-harm.

BBC interview about self harm.

Podcasts and audio downloads

Online courses

The Centre for Clinical Interventions provide downloadable workbooks on building self compassion.

Blogs and vlogs

Time To Change have a number of blogs and stories about self-harm.



  • Gratz K. L. & Chapman, A. (2009) 'Freedom from Self Harm: Overcoming Self Injury with skills from DBT and other Treatments'.
  • Baker, C., Shaw C., Biley F. (2013). 'Our Encounters with Self-Harm'. PCCS Books.
  • Middleton, K and Garvie, S. ( 2011) 'Self Harm: The Path To Recovery'. Lion Books.

Support groups (face-to-face and online)


  • CASS self-injury helpline. Tel: 0808 800 8088 (free), Tuesday to Thursday evenings 7 pm to 9.30 pm.
  • Bristol Mindline for anyone in emotional distress. Tel: 0808 808 0330.
  • Nightline: call this dedicated phoneline for advice and a listening ear during the night. Students run this service. Tel: +44 (0)117 926 6266. Open 8pm to 8am , Monday to Friday, term time.

Professional support

  • You may wish to consider visiting your doctor to talk about self-injury. Together you can explore possible underlying causes and whether medication may be appropriate.
  • If you need medical assistance after harming yourself then please take a look at where to get help on our emergency contact page.

Self-harm and suicidal thoughts

Download our free distrACT app for help and support to manage self harm and suicidal thoughts.

External support in Bristol

Find out what other external support is available in Bristol.

Big White Wall

Big White Wall helps you to get support, take control and feel better when you are anxious, low or not coping.

The online service is free, available 24/7 and completely anonymous.

  • Chat to other members who may be experiencing the same things as you
  • Access a range of tools to help you self-manage
  • Set goals and track progress
  • Access articles, videos and online courses.

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