Children and young people can find resources and support below to help when experiencing suicidal thoughts or self harming.

If you feel extremely distressed and worried that you might not be able to keep yourself safe, there is lots of urgent support available, including 24/7 NHS mental health helplines in every London borough. If you’re in immediate danger and it’s a medical emergency, call 999 straight away. Additional support can be found below.

Suicidal Thoughts and Self Harm

The Mix – The Mix is a digital UK charity and support service for young people up to the age of 25. They help to support you with challenges you are facing either through their online community, their free helpline, or their counselling service.

How I decided to honour my self-harm scars

  • An article by Janet who is a mental health blogger, on her journey to accept her self-harm scars and how she honoured them.

Breaking the self-harm stigma

  • An article by Rachel Elder who is a young ambassador for The Mix. Rachel talks about the stigma around self-harm, misconceptions around certain issues, and the emotions that may be influencing your actions.

Recovering from self-harm

  • Maddie Bruce (YouTuber) gives an insight into her recovery journey after self-harming. She talks about the challenges she faced, what helped her most, and advice to other people who want to start recovering.

Self-harming? Here’s how to talk to someone about it

  • An article by Sian Bradley (The Mix) on how to talk about self-harm and how to acknowledge you need help. Sian talks about her own experience and provides advice on next steps.

How to cope with a self-harm relapse

  • This article by The Mix provides information on how to cope with a self-harm relapse – what may have triggered it, how to recover and who to speak to following a relapse eg. their crisis messenger line, Samaritans 24-hour helpline, ChildLine and more


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