Feel like hurting yourself?

People might want to hurt themselves on purpose, or ‘self-harm’. If this is happening for you, is there someone you trust that you could talk to? You and your needs matter.

You can make a choice now to care for yourself

  • Self-care – Have a cold drink or a crunchy snack, take a nap and rest, call some one
  • Get moving and use your senses – Listen to an upbeat tune,  dance, exercise, or sing
  • Get creative – Draw around your hand or foot, make a doodle, write or scribble
  • Distract – Snap an elastic band or hair bobble on your wrist or hold an ice cube
  • Relax and sooth – Watch your tummy go in and out as you take deep breaths

How can I get help?

If you need urgent help please make sure you get support right away, and remember to look out for links to local Leeds services that can help with self-harm.

Why do people self-harm?

People self-harm for many different reasons and you may not fully understand why you want to – but there are different ways to cope and get help.

  • For some people it is a way to cope with or express overwhelming emotions or relieve 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 feeling more in control, especially if other parts of your life feel out of control or you’re trapped in a difficult situation.
  • It can be a way of feeling something when you feel numb.


Things you might find useful

Calm Harm

App designed to help manage the urge to self harm. Download the Calm Harm app from App Store / Google Play. Select ‘West Yorkshire’.

Calm Harm


What is self harm? Plus self harm help



The messaging boards are a useful place to find support and advice around self-harm.


No Harm Done

A short film by YoungMinds co-produced with young people affected by self-harm

Watch YouTube film