If you think a loved one or friend is self-harming, remember that they might be feeling a deep sense of shame or guilt, or may be confused and worried about the behaviour.
It’s important to approach them with care and understanding. Here are a few things you can do to help:
It is important for everyone to remember that anyone seeking help is entitled to the same level of respect, empathy and care regardless of how their injuries have been caused.
If you have been self-harming and feel now is the time to talk to someone about it, then it might help to consider some of the following points:
Here are some helpful support services and organisations available for people to contact in relation to self-harm concerns:
Pieta House: Tel 01 6010000 www.pieta.ie – Pieta house offers free, specialist therapeutic support for those who self-injure or who are at risk of suicide.
Childline: Tel 1800 666 666 – Childline is a free and confidential support for children and young people by telephone and online. Open 24 hours a day 365 days a year and via the Live Chat button on www.childline.ie
Samaritans: Tel 1850 60 90 60 – Samaritans Ireland provides 24-hour emotional support to anyone struggling to cope.
Grow: Tel, 1890 474 474 www.grow.ie – A mental health organisation which helps people who have or are suffering from mental health problems
Parentline: Tel, 1890 927 277 www.parentline.ie – A confidential helpline for parents open Monday – Thursday 10am to 9.30pm and Friday 10am to 4.30pm
Yourmentalhealth.ie – A website that aims to improve awareness and understanding of mental health and well-being in Ireland.