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If you are having a mental health crisis, phone 0808 196 3779 to speak to a mental health professional 24/7

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Self Harm

If you need immediate help and are injured you should call 999. 

If you are thinking of harming yourself, you can also phone 0808 196 3779, the Nottinghamshire Mental Health Crisis Line, 24/7.

What is self-harm?

There are many reasons why people might want to harm themselves. For some people, it is a way to cope with or express overwhelming emotions or tension that’s just too much. Self-harm can also be a way of showing someone how upset you feel. It can be a way of controlling something, especially if other parts of your life feel out of control or you’re trapped in a difficult situation. People self-harm for many different or personal reasons and you may not fully understand why you want to – but there are different ways to cope and get help.

Why do people self harm and how to help?

Talking about self-harm can be really difficult, it might even seem impossible. If you are self harming right now, try to speak to someone you trust about it. If you would prefer to talk to someone you don’t know, check out the ‘Talk to Someone About Your Mental Health’ link on this page.



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Get Help Now

Here are a list of services that can help with self harm. The icons below tell you the type of support available.

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Nottinghamshire County CAMHS


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Nottingham City CAMHS


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  • In person In person


City and County

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The Tomorrow Project


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CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably)

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Which services can I access?

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Related Topics

Here are some related mental health topics

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Anxiety and Panic Attacks

Everyone gets anxious now and then and anxiety is actually your body giving you a message that you are not safe.

Depression or Low Mood

Everyone has ups and downs. Sometimes you might feel a bit low, for lots of different reasons. People may say that they are feeling depressed when they are feeling down, but this does not always mean that they have depression.

Obsessive Thoughts

Obsessions are specific thoughts that are intense and intrusive. It can feel like your thoughts are taking over and controlling your behaviour. Compulsions are ritual behaviours that people use to try to reduce anxiety linked to intrusive thoughts.

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Bullying is repeated behaviour intended to hurt someone emotionally or physically. Bullying is often aimed at certain people because of their race, religion, gender or sexual orientation or any other aspect such as appearance or disability.