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:
- S.A.F.E Alternatives provides information & resources on self-harm; referrals to treatment options and a therapist locator. Their phone line, which is (800) 366-8288, has an extension option for adolescents and teens calling in crisis and provides the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline to all other callers in crisis.
- The Cornell Research Program on Self-Injury and Recovery website offers extensive self-injury & recovery resources.
- The Adolescent Self-Injury Foundation offers hope and information in the recovery process for the self-injurer and their families; raises awareness, provides extensive list of “things to do instead of self-harm.”
- Calm Harm (App) is available for free through Google Play and the Apple App Store. This resource is an app that provides tasks to help teenagers resist or manage the urge to self-harm through four categories: ‘Distract’ focuses on helping users learn self-control. ‘Comfort' helps users learn to care rather than harm. 'Express Yourself' allows users to express feelings in a different way, and ‘Release' provides safe alternatives to self-injury. There is also a ‘Breathe' category to help calm and get back in control.
- My Shiny Thing (App) is available for free through the Apple App Store and helps users resist the urge to self-harm by asking how much a user wants to harm themselves and then shows pages and pages of funny and cute YouTube videos to act as a distracting intervention – based on Dialectical Behavioral Therapy practices.