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Self-harm distraction strategies

Self-harm distraction strategies

We have our own list of self-harm distration strategies that you can download and use to help you begin to recover from your self-harm. 

Emerge

Emerge

Emerge are a team of youth workers who provide short term support for young people who need to go to the Royal Surrey County Hospital because they are struggling with self-harm or feeling suicidal.

Beat

Beat

B-eat is the UK’s leading eating disorders charity. They can help you if you are experiencing difficulties with food, along with all the physical and emotional pain caused by eating disorders.

ChildLine

ChildLine

Childline is the free helpline and online service for children and young people in the UK. You can call 0800 1111 or visit the website to talk to a trained counsellor about any problem, or talk to other young people via their message boards.

Self Injury Support

Self Injury Support

Self-injury Support is a national organisation that supports girls and women affected by self-injury or self-harm. You can get support by using TESS, which is a national text and email support service for girls and young women between ages of 11-25 who are affected by self-injury.

The Mix

The Mix

The Mix can help you whether you’re 13, 25, or any age in between. They can support you with embarrassing problems, weird questions, and those please-don’t-make-me-say-it-out-loud thoughts you might have. They give you the information and support you need to deal with it all. Because you can. Because you’re awesome.

YoungMinds

YoungMinds

Young Minds are the UK's leading charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people and empowering their parents and carers.

42nd Street

42nd Street

42nd Street provides support services to young people under stress. They work with young people aged 13 - 25 living in Manchester, Salford and Trafford providing a range of services including counselling, individual support, group work and volunteering opportunities.

Samaritans

Samaritans

Samaritans provides confidential emotional support 24/7 to those experiencing despair, distress or suicidal feelings.

Changing Faces

Changing Faces

Changing Faces is the leading UK charity that supports and represents people who have disfigurements to the face, hand or body from any cause. We live in a culture where disfigurement is often seen as a medical “problem” that could/should be fixed by surgery or medical intervention. However, surgery alone cannot always remove a disfigurement and can sometimes lead to further complications. Changing Faces helps people to face the challenges of living with a disfigurement and equips them with the appropriate tools to build self-confidence and self-esteem.

Red Cross

Red Cross

British Red Cross provide full of information about basic and advanced first aid and staying safe. First aid products are also available to buy online.

Life Centre

Life Centre

Lifecentre are an organisation that provide support and counseling to anyone who has experienced sexual abuse. They understand how difficult it can be to talk about rape or sexual abuse and to know where to turn to for help. They aim to be sensitive to your needs and are there to listen, not judge. 

Mermaids

Mermaids

Mermaids support young people that feel at odds with their birth gender, as well as parents or carers with a child who feels this way.

Stonewall

Stonewall

Stonewall exist to let all lesbian, gay, bi and trans people, here and abroad, know they're not alone. They are passionate about positive change and partner with organisations to help people find ways to flourish, and individuals to reach their full potential. They are also here to support those who can’t yet be themselves.

The National Self-harm Network

The National Self-harm Network

The National Self-harm Network offer a resource that may be helpful to print off and keep incase you ever feel that you might need hospital treatment. Answering lots of questions to many nurses and doctors is hard enough; let alone when you are feeling very low and vulnerable. Using this card will limit the amount of conversations and information you will need to give in hospital and hopefully, will, reduce your anxiety about being there.