Rachel is the Director of selfharm.co.uk. She went through many years of self-harm and eating disorders as both a teenager and beyond, but always hoped that one day she may be able to use her experiences for the good of others. She writes and speaks about self harm to young people, teachers and social workers.
Dr Ralph Harkness has worked with people who self harm or have eating disorders for many years. Ralph worked for 30 years in maxillofacial and plastic surgery units on oral and maxillofacial prosthetic reconstruction of patients following trauma or cancer. On leaving hospital work he led teams of counsellors and psychotherapists in G.P. practices, a drug and alcohol team and specialised with children, young people and families as part of the CAMHS team. He is a Psychotherapist, Honorary Teacher in the university Medical School and has his own practice.
Shaun is the Online Development Worker for Selfharm.co.uk. He is currently developing some new features for our site which are designed to help help people get support.
Donna is a therapeutic worker supporting young people who self-harm in Bedfordshire. She sets up and runs small group programmes where teenagers can meet others who harm and get the support they need. She also regularly takes school assemblies about how to cope with pressures and problems as a teenager.
Rachael is a research student at the London School of Theology, looking at how we can best respond to depression in the community. She also runs ThinkTwice, a mental health awareness charity based in Harrow. When she isn’t being a student or running a charity, Rachael writes freelance for a number of web publications.
Sarah struggled with self-harm from the age of 13 and has a lot of experience of working with professionals – many of whom weren’t very helpful. She is now a trainee Youth Worker and an active part of her community. She has an identity that is no longer based on her self-harm, and she is passionate about helping others.
Jo is a Moderator for selfharm.co.uk. She works in Special Education in Leeds. At University, as part of her course, she staged an art exhibition ‘Behind the Myths’ about self harm. Like many of the others working at selfharm.co.uk, she has personal experience of self harm and knows how important it is to get the right help and guidance.