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Self harm and suicide

Self harm

People rarely talk about self-harm, it is little understood and very distressing. It's more common than many people realise, especially among younger people.

Mind offers information for people about what self harming is.

Help for young people


If you're thinking about hurting yourself, or you already self harm, you can get lots of advice and support online:

Mind has produced a booklet on self harming which explains the causes and treatments, both for people who hurt themselves, and their friends and family.

The NSPCC also offers support to parents who are worried about a self-harming child.


Thoughts of ending you own life mean that you have more pain than you can cope with right now.

Thoughts and actions are two different things - your suicidal thoughts don't have to become a reality. There is no deadline. Wait and put some distance between you and your suicidal thoughts and suicidal action.

Give yourself today


The option of killing yourself isn't going to go away. It's a choice you can make next week or next month. When you are feeling so bad the thought of just surviving the days ahead can seem overwhelming and unbearable. So try and focus on just getting through today, not the rest of your life.

Today may be painful, but you can try to survive it and give some other options a chance, at least for a day. Remember that however alone you feel, there are people who want to talk with you, who want to help.

Mind's guide to coping with suicidal feelings may help you understand how you're feeling and what to do.



If you feel like you're in immediate danger of hurting yourself, call 999.

If you're feeling suicidal, please talk to someone. Tell them what you're thinking and how you're feeling. Ask for their help and listen to their advice, and advice from others.

If you need someone to talk to, you can call the Samaritans 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The number is 116 123. It's free from mobiles and landlines, and it won't show up on your phone bill.

Teesside Samaritans have a branch on Borough Road, where you can speak to someone in person if you need to.

If you're a child or young person and you're thinking about suicide, you can call the Samaritans on 116 123, or Childline on 0800 1111. Calls to both numbers are free from mobiles and landlines, and won't show up on your phone bill.