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This area is full of information about who self-harms, why people might self-harm and what you can do to help or support. Everyone has a different understanding about why it may be happening to them, but this should provide you with some basic information if you are encountering self-harm for the first time.

You can also read about some of the myths that surround self-harm - many of which can be barriers to better services and support.

selfharmUK is committed to helping people overcome difficulties with self-harm, but the final section will provide you with some information to help you stay safe in the meantime. It is not designed to encourage self-harm or give the impression that it's a good thing to be doing; it is there out of recognition that just telling you to stop won't work, and we want to keep you safe while you recover in your own time.


Alumina is a free, online 7 week course for young people struggling with self-harm. Each course has up to 8 young people, all accessing the sessions from their own phones, tablets or laptops across the UK. The courses take place on different evenings of the week and are run by friendly, trained counsellors and volunteer youth workers. You don’t need an adult to refer you or sign you up, and no-one will see or hear you during the sessions – you’ll just join in via the chatbox. We want to help you to find your next steps towards recovery, wherever you are on your journey.

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