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Self-Injury Help, Self-Mutilation Help and Support

Seeking self-harm help, getting self injury support, are the first steps in stopping self-injury. Self-mutilation support groups, resources are plentiful.

Getting self-injury help is often the first step in stopping self-harm. Professional self-harm help and self-injury support groups can make all the difference in conquering self-harm (also known as self-injury and self-mutilation).

If you're currently in a crisis, feel suicidal and need help right now, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline in the United States at 1-800-273-8255 or go to your local emergency room. Comprehensive suicide information here.

There are different types of self-mutilation help:

Professional Self-Injury Help

There are many places a person can go for professional self-injury help. One place to start is in a doctor's office. A doctor can often refer you to a person or organization that specializes in self-harm help. Often a referral to a psychotherapist is given for self-mutilation help.

A nationally-recognized self-harm help program is S.A.F.E. (Self-Abuse Finally Ends) Alternatives. This is a treatment approach, professional network and educational resource base devoted to helping people stop self-mutilation. On the S.A.F.E. Alternatives website you can find:

  • Treatment programs http://www.selfinjury.com/referrals/programs/
  • Information on finding a therapist http://www.selfinjury.com/referrals/find/
  • Therapist referrals http://www.selfinjury.com/referrals/therapists/
  • Informational resources

Contact S.A.F.E. Alternatives:

  • The S.A.F.E. Alternatives website http://www.selfinjury.com/
  • Toll-free information line: 1-800-DON'T-CUT (366-8288)

A toll-free national hotline is also available specifically for youths under the age of 25. Boys Town is a support service for both males and females. They take calls from both the United States and Canada on self-harm and other mental health issues: Contact Boys Town:

Self-Help for Self-Mutilation

There is a lot of self-help available for self-mutilation. Websites, self-harm books and more are available to help you stop self-harm. One advantage of self-help resources is that they can be used at your own pace and can also be used in conjunction with professional self-harm help.

Some books on self-injury help include:1

Some websites on self-harm help include:

  • Self-Inury.net– includes many resources.
  • Scar-Tissue.net – Includes personal experiences of self-harm, resources.
  • Psyke.org – self-injury support and information.

Self-Injury Support Groups

Self-injury support groups can be found in-person through mental health organizations and can also be found online. It's important to develop a network of self-harm supports in an effort to get better. These are the people and places you can go to in the event that you're feeling a strong urge to self-harm.

Some online self-mutilation support groups include:

  • HealthyPlace Self-Injury Forum: large resource for people looking for self-harm support.
  • RecoverYourLife.com – this is one of the biggest self-harm support communities online. It supports people dealing with self-harm and other mental health issues. http://www.recoveryourlife.com/
  • Reach Out.com – this self-harm support forum is specifically for people aged 14-25. Forums are available for self-injury support as well as other youth issues. http://us.reachout.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?14-Self-Harm
  • Self-Injury.net – forums are available for self-mutilation support as well as other resources. http://gabrielle.self-injury.net/
  • Scar-Tissue.net – includes self-injury support groups both for people with first-hand knowledge of self-harm and for those who support them. http://www.scar-tissue.net/message.html

We have specific information on cutting help and treatment here.

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Last Updated: 27 August 2016
Reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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