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Helplines in Scotland.

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Breathing Space Scotland offers free, compassionate and confidential support over phone and online chat. We support adults,...


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LGBT Helpline Scotland offers free and confidential support over phone and online chat. We are here to help the LGBTQ+...


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Parentline (Scotland) offers free and confidential support over phone and online chat. We exist to help everyone in Scotland...


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Are you or someone you know self-harming? Reach out for support from a helpline in Scotland

Sometimes your emotions may be so overwhelming that hurting yourself may feel like the only way to find relief. Whether you are self-harming at the moment, or you have thoughts about it, there are 4 helplines in Scotland that can help. If you relate to the following, reach out:

  • Feeling like you need a physical release for your emotions
  • Not looking after your physical health (e.g. not eating, not taking care of wounds or injuries)
  • Feeling like your head is spinning with thoughts and there's no other option to make it stop
  • Feeling the need to escape or numb your feelings
  • Feeling drawn to sharp objects, or items you could harm yourself with
  • Feeling like you need an outlet to channel your painful emotions
  • Coming up with excuses and ways to explain self-inflicted injuries
  • Looking for a way to escape the emotional pain

"Many people have thought about self-harm or are currently using self-harm as a way to cope with their feelings. It may not feel like it, but you are not alone. Lots of people find it hard to manage overwhelming negative emotions. "

Talking about difficult emotions with someone compassionate and non-judgemental may help lighten your burdens. There are dedicated helpline volunteers in Scotland who are trained to support people through emotional distress. A helpline volunteer can help you process complex feelings and introduce you to healthy coping tools at your own discretion.

Consider contacting a hotline in Scotland right away for free, private help with self harm.


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