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Basement Project

The Basement Project provides support groups for those who have been abused as children and people who self-harm.

T: 01873 856524




Elefriends is a supportive online community where you can be yourself. This is a safe place to listen, share and be heard. Whether you’re feeling good right now, or really low, it’s a safe place to share experiences and listen to others.




Harmless is a user-led organisation that provides a range of services about self harm including support, information, training and consultancy to people who self harm, their friends, families and professionals.                                                         



Mind – Self-harm

Mind website explains self-harm, including possible causes and how you can access treatment and support. The site also includes tips for helping yourself, and guidance for friends and family.



National Self-Harm Network (NSHN)

NSHN is a Survivor-led organisation for people who self-harm and also provides support for their friends and family.

Helpline: 0800 622 6000


Self-Injury Support Group WHISC

The group meets fortnightly and provides a safe space for women to positively explore emotional issues around self-injury. For more information please contact the Women’s Health Information and Support Centre (WHISC):

T: 0151 707 1826




Self-Injury Support Group YPAS

The group aims to bring young people 16-25 years old together to share and explore their self-injury in a safe supportive environment.

T: 0151 707 1025




TESS text and email support service

TESS are a text and email support service for women. The service is for girls and women up to the age of 25 who self-harm. They’re open Mon-Fri 7pm-9pm.

T: 07800472908


Self-harm Phone Apps


SAFE Alternatives

SAFE Alternatives is a world renowned treatment program that in its more than Twenty-Five years of operation has helped thousands of people successfully end self-injurious behaviour. A treatment team of experts uses therapy, education, and support to empower clients to identify healthier ways to cope with emotional distress.


Self-harm books


The scarred soul: understanding and ending self-inflicted violence

Tracy Alderman, New Harbinger 1997

Written for the victims of this addiction, and for mental health professionals, The Scarred Soul explores the reasons behind this behaviour and shows how to overcome the psychological traps that lead to self-destructive acts.


For friends and family: a guide for supporters of women and girls who self-injure

The aim of this booklet is to help those who want to understand and support a woman or young person who struggles with self-injury. Lois Arnold (1998) Bristol Crisis Service for Women, Available from:


Women who hurt themselves

A book that provides help for the thousands of women who secretly inflict violence on themselves.

D.Miller (2005). Women who hurt themselves: A book of Hope and Understanding. New York: Basic Books.


Healing the hurt within: understand self-injury and self-harm and heal the emotional wounds.

Offers solace and direction to those who self-injure; guidance to family and friends supporting a loved one who self-injures; and guidelines to professionals and voluntary caregivers on how to respond to clients that self-injure.

Sutton, J. (2007) Healing the hurt within: understand self-injury and self-harm and heal the emotional wounds. Oxford: How to Books Ltd.