Resources for: Self Harm

Self-harm is an act that is intended to cause injury to one-self but which is not intended to result in death. It is often described by those who self-harm as a way of coping with emotional pain and of surviving distressing experiences. It is not a suicide attempt. Reference

22. Breathing Space

Breathing Space

Breathing Space is a free, confidential phoneline for anyone in Scotland over the age of 16 who is feeling low, anxious or depressed.

Helpline number: 0800 83 85 87


Helpline Telephone National Free


BRAVE was developed for children and teenagers who experience Separation Anxiety Disorder, Social Phobia, Specific Phobia, and Generalised Anxiety Disorder.


Website Online National Free
24. Calm Harm

Calm Harm

Calm Harm is an app developed for teenagers to provide tasks to help you resist or manage the urge to self-harm. Track your progress and notice change.


App Online National Free
32. Childline No Text


Childline Counselling service for children and young people in the UK. Phone, talk to a counsellor online, send Childline an email or post on the message boards.

Helpline number: 0800 11 11


Helpline Online Telephone National Free
43. Crisis Counselling

Crisis Counselling (Erskine Counselling)

Crisis Counselling offers counselling therapy to children and young people aged 10 and over experiencing emotional and mental health difficulties. Referral through Education services.


Services & somewhere to go School Referral Local Free
46. Distract


The award-winning distrACT app provides trusted information and links to support for people who self-harm and may feel suicidal. 17 years +


App Online Self referral National Free
68. Happy Maps

Happy Maps

HappyMaps website pools some of the best mental health resources for parents and carers, and for young people and children, in one place.


Website Online National Free
87. Lifesigns No Text


Lifesigns provides information about self-injury and supports people as and when they choose to make changes in their lives.


Website Download Online National Free
93. Minded No Text


MindEd is a free educational resource on children, young people, adults and older people's mental health. Find information for Professionals and Volunteers, for Education and Healthcare staff working in Education Settings, and for Parents and Carers.


Website Online National Free
107. NHS Inform With Text

NHS Inform

NHS inform is Scotland's national health information service helping the people in Scotland to make informed decisions about their own health and the health of the people they care for. Also includes a service directory with details of health and wellbeing services across Scotland.


Website Online National Free
125. Samaritans2


A 24 hour support service for anyone who’s struggling to cope, who needs someone to listen without judgement or pressure.


Helpline Online Self referral Telephone National Free
139. Self Harm Alumina

Self Harm Alumina

Free online self-harm support for 11-19 year olds. Alumina groups are online support groups made up of up to 14 young people and 2 leaders, and meet online once a week for 7 weeks. They offer a friendly, inclusive, non-judgmental space offering tools and ideas to help you reflect on your journey and what might be the next right step for you, as you move towards a life free from self-harm. 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.


Website Download Online Self referral National Free
141. SHOUT

SHOUT Crisis text service

Shout is the UK's first and only free, confidential, 24/7 text messaging support service for anyone who is struggling to cope.

Helpline number: 85258 free text support service


Helpline Website Online Telephone National Free
146. Stem4

stem4 - supporting teenage mental health

Stem4 promotes positive mental health in teenagers and those who support them. Discover stem4's free guides to manage mental health issues, free supportive apps and mental health videos.


Website Download Online Self referral National Free
154. The Mix

The Mix

The Mix is a UK based charity that provides free, confidential support for young people under 25 via online, social and mobile.

Phone: 0808 808 4994


Website App Online Telephone National Free
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Time for You - SAMH support service

Time for You is an online wellbeing support service for anyone experiencing mild to moderate emotional or mental health difficulties aged 16 and over and living in Scotland. Time for You offers access to Wellbeing Coaching and Counselling for anyone experiencing symptoms that have a limited effect on their daily life.


Website Online Self referral National Free
190. Whole School Approach

Whole School Approach Self Harm

Support for Education Authorities and schools to consider how they may implement a whole school approach to self harm awareness and training.


Download Online Self referral National Free
190. Whole School Approach

Heads Up Mental Health Support

NHS GGC information on mental health conditions, mental health advice, how you can support yourself or the people you care for, the services available to you and the range of interventions.


Website Online Local Free
Self Harm Network

Self Harm Network Scotland

Self-Harm Network Scotland provides compassionate support, resources, and information to people who self-harm. They also provide support and information to friends, families and professionals.


Website Download Online National Free
Coping With Self Harm Parents

Coping with Self-Harm - a guide for parents and carers

A downloadable guide for parents and carers to help support young people who use self-harm as a coping strategy. This guide was developed from talking to parents and carers of young people and is aimed at helping parents, carers, other family members and friends cope when a young person is self-harming. It includes
information on the nature and causes of self-harm, how to support a young person when facing this problem and what help is available.


Download Online National Free
Sowing Seeds

Sowing Seeds: Trauma Informed Practice for Anyone Working with Children and Young People

This animation was developed by NHS Education for Scotland, in partnership with the Scottish Government. It is designed to be relevant to all workers within the Scottish workforce who work with children and young people. It aims to support staff to understand the impact of trauma and to know how to adapt the way they work to make a positive difference to the lives of children and young people affected by trauma.


Website Online National Free
106. NHSGGC Healthy Minds

Online Harms - Introduction

An introductory module for staff groups to gain a broader knowledge and understanding of the prevalence and impact that harmful online behaviour and content can have on individuals as well as groups with protected characteristics; and be able to respond by signposting to appropriate help and resources.

Currently a NHS Learnpro account login is required to access 


Website Online Local
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SAMH (Scottish Action for Mental Health)

Whether you’re living with a mental health problem or supporting someone who is, accessing information about a condition is vital. SAMH provides resources, support and online information to help.

Helpline number: 0344 800 0550


Helpline Website Online Self referral Telephone National Free