- 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
Podcasts and audio downloads
- A podcast describing the experience of self-harm.
- The Mental Health Foundation have several wellbeing podcasts including relaxation exercises.
- NHS choices offer a range of audio downloads to help manage your mood.
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.
- Mind are a national mental health charity who provide information and support. They have and information leaflet about self harm.
- The NHS Northumberland Tyne and Wear website contains a downloadable booklet about self-harm.
- Harmless produce a book and workbook 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)
- SISH (Self Injury Self-Help) a Bristol based community organisation providing support groups for people who harm themselves.
- The National Self Harm Network have a forum for online support.
- 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.
- 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.