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What Self-Harm Resources Are Available?

What Self-Harm Resources Are Available?

Self-Harm is an extremely nuanced issue. It is not found in one age group, gender, or timeframe of life alone. Whether you or someone that you care for are exploring how to find help for self-harm; we want to share with you what free mental health helps and self-harm resources are available.


  • Understanding The Issue Of Self-Harm

  • Apps Which Offer Support

  • Communities Which Offer Support

  • Resources for Parents

  • Responding To A Young Person

  • Resources For Ministry Leaders

  • Resources For Teachers

  • If You Are Struggling, I Want To Admit...Healing Is Hard

  • If You Are Supporting Someone Who Struggles, We want to partner with you.

Understanding The Issue Of Self-Harm

“What Is Self-Harm”

Boystown Hospital

  • Provides a short discussion for parents or concerned adults on the topic of self-harm.

Helpguide -

  • Offers insight into self-injury including what it is, why it happens, Tips on overcoming the urge to self-harm, alternatives, professional outlets, and how support members can help.

5 Not Obvious Signs Of Self Harm

Psych2Go’s YouTube Channel

  • Helps to identify warning signs.

Teens and Self-Harm, What Do Parents Need To Know?

Josh Shipp

  • Youth Worker advice and insight for families.

Finding Help For Kids Who Self-Harm - Wendy Lader, PhD

Kids In The House

  • PhD professional insight on how to find help for a young person.

Apps Which Offer Mental Health Support

TalkLife offers online support similar to group therapy. Share anonymously or with your name.

Moodpath offers 14 days of check ins, providing an overview of your emotional well-being. Plus 100+ exercises.

Happify includes games and activities which elevate mood and build resilience through CBT, mindfulness and positivity.

What’s Up aids individuals in discovering the cause of feelings and thoughts though guided questioning.

Self-Help For Anxiety Management (SAM) offers an anxiety toolkit which tracks thoughts and behaviors, while also offering tools to combat negativity.

Panic Relief provides coping strategies, exercise, and breathing techniques to help move through a moment of panic.

PTSD Coach provides ways to understand PTSD along with how to find additional help.

BeyondBlue App provides tools to build and implement a safety plan.

Communities Which Offer Mental Health Support

To Write Love On Her Arms -

  • Offers a search for free or low cost therapy options to connect with a therapist.

7 Cups Of Tea -

  • Offers chat rooms to begin a conversation, plus educational videos and when to seek professional help.

Lifeline Crisis Chat -

  • Offers free, online chatting with trained individuals.

Love Is Respect -

  • Offers education, support and advocacy to those facing complicated dating issues, along with a live chat feature connecting you to trained advocates.

Remedy Live -

  • Offers a faith-based videos on mental health issues along with trained advocates who want to connect.

Anxiety And Depression Association Of America -

  • Provides a listing of support groups, including a search feature to find a group near you.

Heads Up Guys -

  • Provides action points and support specifically for men from men.

OK2 Talk -

  • Offers online support, education, and relatable stories for teens and young adults who battle mental health.

Self-Harm Help Guides & Resources for Parents

The American Depression And Anxiety Association of America has a screening tool for you to use and share with your child’s doctor. It can be found here:

  • Additionally, the Mayoclinic and CDC have helpful guides which can come along side of you as you find your child the support they might need.

  • Insight And Perspective Direct From Families

A Parent’s Journey

Young Minds

  • Offers insight from parents who have had their children share about their self-harm.

CBS News - One Family’s Story

  • Provides one families story of working through their daughters self-harm habits.

WebMD – One Mother And Daughter’s Story

  • Provides one mother and daughter’s story of working through their her self-harm habits.

Reasons Why I Self-Harmed

BBC Three

How To Respond To A Young Person

20 Things People Who Self-Harm Don’t Want To Hear

Bex Louise

  • One young woman’s perspective of why specific responses were more harmful than helpful.

Responding To Self-Harm

Young Minds

  • Actor portrayal of helpful responses to self-harm, from actual stories of those who struggle.

Mental Health Support For Families

The National Alliance On Mental Illness has a directory of support groups for you and your family.

The Society For Adolescent Heath And Medicine has a comprehensive listing of additional support options.

The Depression And Bipolar Alliance Support Alliance offers connection to local chapters.

Family Caregiver Alliance provides a map of network help in your area.

Guides & Resources For Ministry Leaders

How To Help Teenagers Dealing With Self-Harm & Suicide

Dr. Jamie Dew. Jamie is the Dean of the College at Southeastern

  • Offers insight into the issue from a faith-based perspective.

Mercy Ministries

  • Offers insight into self-harm, podcast links for greater understanding, and free eBook resources for those seeking to bring light into a challenging situation.

YM Blog – Scary Stuff: Self-Harm – By Kurt Johnson

  • How to best respond to a student who confides about their self-harm and how you can be there for them and their parents.

How Does The Gospel Apply To Self-Injury?

Key Ministries

  • Offers a gospel-centric lens in which to find a young person tangible help along with spiritual guidance.

Four Reasons Kids Cut To Cope

Key Ministries

  • Offers insight into why self-injury happens and what our response as should be.

What To Do When A Student Self-Harms – Podcast

Orange Blogs

Beyond Skin Deep: Responding To Kids Who Cut

Fuller Youth Institute

Self-Harm Help Guides & Resources For Teachers

What to Do When A Student Self-Harms

We Are Teachers

  • The missing manual for understanding and dealing with students who self-injure.

Educators And Self-Injury

  • Offers an eBook which hosts templates for protocol your school board can enact, along with how to communicate with parents.

Cornell Research Program: Developing &

Implementing School Protocol

  • Offers a thorough discussion of why developing protocol for your school is important—along with how to begin.

NASP Center: Understanding And Responding To

Students Who Self-Mutilate

  • Offers insight into what self-injury is, why it happens, the demographics of students affected, and insight into resources.

ASCD Helping Self-Harming Students

  • Provides insight into top reasons why students turn to self-injury along with intervention recommendations. Student Self-Harm: Awareness & Procedures For Teachers

  • Offers NSSI information and procedures for you and you school system. Members of have access to full article. – 1 Hour Classroom Training

  • Provides teachers and educators a one hour session on self-harm for their students,

including a discussion on myths and facts along with additional tools.

Teachers Pay Teachers

  • Offers a host of resources produced by teachers, for teachers.


If You Are Struggling, I Want To Admit...Healing Is Hard

If you are struggling with self-harm, I want to acknowledge it’s hard to know how to find ways to take action. Then, once you do find a path, it is difficult to walk it through to wholeness.

Healing is not a one-time event. It is a process.

Throughout that process, there will be numerous obstacles. This side of the journey must be acknowledged. Yet, even with the challenge, I believe you have what it takes to make it through.

While healing is hard - it is worth it.

We are rooting for you, not only once you complete your journey, but every step through it.

If you are looking for a guide to help you process your story and walk a journey of wholeness - we would love to walk with you in the Self-Harm Matters - Change Your Narrative Video Mentorship Guide.

Check out a sneak peak here:


If You Are Supporting Someone During Their Struggle...

...We want to partner with you.

If someone you care for has faced mental health challenges and you are seeking to be a support for them, the We're Changing It mentorship guide is your step-by-step guide to help them know how to process their story.

We believe in your voice of support in their life - and want to walk with you as you guide them.

Check out a sneak peak below:

Or register for a free sneak peek here:


If you or someone you care for is in danger of harm, please contact one of the numbers below or check out our [77 resources article]

For Immediate Help:

  • Covenant House- 1800-999-9999

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline - 1-800-273-8255

  • Youth Crisis Line – 1800 Hit Home

  • Hopeline 1800-442-5673


For the “What Is It Like To Contact A Hotline?” Video Discussion;

Check it out here:

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