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Free self-harm helplines in the United Kingdom. Online chat, text or phone.

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The Mix is dedicated to providing 24/7, free and confidential support and information over phone and text message (SMS). We are...


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Combat Stress Helpline provides 24/7, free and confidential support and information by phone and text message (SMS). We are...


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Runaway Helpline offers free, compassionate and confidential support over phone, text message (SMS) and online chat. We are...


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Childline is a counselling service for children and young people up to their 19th birthday in the United Kingdom provided by...


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No Panic Youth Helpline is dedicated to providing free and confidential support and information by phone. We help youth in the...


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LGBT Foundation helpline provides thousands of hours of support and advice to thousands of people every year, many who feel...


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Samaritans Helpline is dedicated to providing 24/7, free and confidential support by phone. We are here to help everyone in the...


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Self Injury Helpline offers free, compassionate and confidential support over phone and text. We are here to help people in the...


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If you need to talk, we’re here to listen. We know how important it is to access support in your first language and our...


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National Suicide Prevention Helpline UK provides, free and confidential support and information by phone. We help everyone in...


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SOS Silence of Suicide provides confidential support by our freephone helpline, in person group meetings and online meetings. ...


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Moodswings Helpline offers free and confidential support by phone for those in the United Kingdom who may be experiencing...


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OCD Action Helpline is dedicated to providing free and confidential information and listening services by phone and email to...


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SANEline is a national out-of-hours mental health helpline offering specialist emotional support, guidance and information to...


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Shout provides 24/7, free, compassionate and confidential support over text message (SMS). We are here for everyone in the...


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Muslim Youth Helpline offers free and confidential support and information by phone and online chat. We exist to help people...


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Confidential Telephone Helpline offering emotional and spiritual support from a Christian perspective, with the opportunity of...


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Get support for self-harm from a hotline in United Kingdom

It can be hard to control the urge to intentionally harm yourself, especially if hurting yourself helps release intense negative emotions. However, it’s important to get help when you’re ready because self-harm carries risks. There are 17 hotlines in United Kingdom that can help. Reach out if you experience the following:

  • Feeling like normal ways of coping don't work for you – the pain is a last resort
  • Craving physical pain as a distraction from overwhelming emotions
  • Feeling reckless, not caring whether you get hurt
  • Feeling like you need to hide injuries from those who care about you
  • Feeling like you deserve the pain
  • Taking part in high-risk activities, disregarding safety
  • Not wanting to die, but still feeling like you need the pain
  • Imagining hurting yourself

If you use self-harm to cope with tough feelings, you may feel ashamed about your behavior. However, many people inflict harm on themselves as a way to relieve emotional pain. Self-harm is more common than you think, but a lot of people struggle to talk about it.

You may struggle to talk to people about your feelings, but having the right person to talk to can make all the difference. Dedicated volunteers in United Kingdom will listen to you without any judgement. Whether you just want to be heard, or you want to explore other coping tools, you can find the support you need.

If you feel like you might need support with self harm, try reaching out to a hotline in United Kingdom. It's free and confidential.


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