Mental Health

Young people and self harm


Talking and reading about self-harm can stir up difficult emotions. Please be aware of how you are feeling before reading the rest of this page. If you feel that you need to talk to someone about how you are feeling then please contact Childline.

Washington Mind’s Young People’s Project believes that Self-harm is essentially a coping mechanism that enables a person to deal with very difficult feelings, painful memories and overwhelming experiences. It is a way of dealing with the associated intense emotional distress. They also recognise that talking and thinking about self-harm can cause anxiety and even fear and for these reasons many people avoid talking about it. However in order to understand self-harming they feel it is necessary to talk about it in a safe way. They feel that it is often unrealistic to expect a young person to ‘just’ stop such behaviors. With the right support young people can find healthier alternative coping strategies and this page has been created for young people to find this support. New methods for coping must be found before the young person can move away from the self-harming behaviours. The feel that it is essential to offer young people “an overall message of hope without disguising the pain” (James Withey, founder of The Recovery Letters)

For more information and further support please visit the selfharm.co.uk website.

Choose an area for local support information

Self harm information in South Tyneside

For information on specialist support around self-harm in South Tyneside, please click here.

South Tyneside Lifecycle Primary Care Mental Health Service

The Lifecycle Service incorporates the provision of IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) mental health services across the entire age spectrum including the 0-5 Early Years, Children and Adolescent (Tier 2 CAMHS), together with South Tyneside Talking Therapies for adults with mild to moderate mental health difficulties.

View this service
Self harm information in Sunderland

For information on specialist support around self-harm in Sunderland, please click here.

Washington Mind Young People’s Project

We currently offer counselling and support such as creative expressive group work for young people aged between 11 and 25yrs who live in the City of Sunderland. Support is offered in a variety of community settings chosen by young people, which include The Life House, Connexions and Poprecs and some…

View this service

Related videos for Self Harm

Search for Self Harm services