How can I get help/support for self-harm?

If you or a loved one is engaging in self-harm, NAMI’s website provides extensive information through blogs discussing self-harm to help individuals and loved ones gain insight into the condition and techniques that can be used to provide support and reduce and eliminate self-harming behavior.

The following organizations may be of help:

  • The Adolescent Self Injury Foundation provides information and resources to adolescents and young adult self-injurers and their families. In particular, their How Parents Can Help page provides a list of “Do’s and Don’ts” to guide parents on how to help a loved one, and an extensive list of alternative behaviors to help self-injurers implement alternative coping mechanisms.
  • The Buddy Project aims to prevent suicide and to provide self-harm alternatives by pairing people through social media as buddies and raising awareness for mental health.
  • S.A.F.E. Alternatives, provides information and resources on self-harm and referrals to treatment options, including an information helpline at (800) 366-8288.
  • Cornell Research Program on Self-Injury and Recovery’s website offers extensive self-injury & recovery resources.
  • Calm Harm (App) is available for free through Google Play and App Store provides timed activities to help resist or manage self-harm urges with ability to log completed activities and track progress (for teens)

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