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    Self-harm is when you hurt yourself as a way of dealing with very difficult feelings, painful memories or overwhelming situations and experiences. If you self-harm, or have thought about self-harming and would like support please contact one of the helplines below.



    Mind can help you understand what self-harm  is, what might cause self-harm and show you how to access treatment and support, including tips for helping yourself and guidance for friends and family. Their lines are open:

    Monday to Friday from 09:00 to 18:00, except bank holidays

    Telephone: 0300 123 3393
    Text: 86463



    The Samaritans provide confidential support for those experiencing distress or despair. They are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
    Telephone: 116 123
    Email: jo@samaritans.org
    Address: 20 Oxford Place, Plymouth, PL1 5AJ (Please check their website for opening hours)



    Harmless are a supportive informative service for people who self-harm, their friends and their families. They provide advice on coping strategies, information about staying safe, and recovery tools.
    Email: info@harmless.org.uk


    Women's Self-Injury Helpline

    The Women’s Self-Injury Helpline (aka Self-injury Support) provide emotional support and signposting for women affected by self-injury. Their opening hours are:

    Monday to Thursday from 19:00 to 22:00

    Telephone: 0808 800 8088



    CALM is available to men experiencing distressing thoughts and feelings. The have both a helpline and a webchat service and their opening hours are:

    Monday – Sunday 17:00 to Midnight 

    Telephone: 0800 58 58 58


    The Zone

    The Zone offers a range of information, advice, counselling and support services to 13 - 25 year olds. They run a Drop In service 6 days a week.
    Telephone: 01752 206626
    Address: 14-16 Union Street, Plymouth, PL1 2SR (please call for opening hours)


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