Self harm is difficult to talk about but it’s a common problem and you can beat it. Find out what self-harm means and what support and advice there is if you think you’re affected by it.

Young Minds

“Sometimes it can feel like we don’t have any control over what we think or how we feel. But by making simple changes to our lives, we can make a real difference to our mental health. Feeling good is worth investing in – and the best thing is that these simple tips won’t cost you much time or money”.

For great support and advice on what to do..

Visit the website here

Luton Directory

If you are looking for advice and counselling for support with homelessness, abuse, disabilities, relationships and drugs, Luton Directory give a wide range of places to go to and people you can speak to either on the phone, face-to-face, or online.

Visit their website here


“We won’t give up until
everyone experiencing a mental health problem
gets support and respect”

The Mind organisation provides advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. They campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding.

For more information or help visit their website here:

How do people self-harm?

There are various forms of self-harm. Some people use the same one all the time, other people hurt themselves in different ways at different times.

Ways of self-harming can include:

  • cutting yourself
  • poisoning yourself
  • over-eating or under-eating
  • biting yourself
  • picking or scratching at your skin
  • burning your skin
  • inserting objects into your body
  • hitting yourself or walls
  • overdosing
  • exercising excessively
  • pulling your hair
  • getting into fights where you know you will get hurt

Watch Ben, Lechelle, Debbie and Zainab talk about the reasons behind their self-harm, the different ways they have learned to cope and how they think friends and family could have supported them.