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Webchat: Self Harm 30.10.2017 4:30-5pm

Join us for a chat from 4:30pm on Monday 30th October 2017.

Self harming or know someone who is? Want to seek help and support and ways to stop? Join us online on Monday 22nd May 4.30-5pm to talk to a mental health nurse to seek advice and support.

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Chat Health (Nurse - Moderator) / 30 Oct 16:28

Welcome to this weeks web chat which is on self harm

Chat Health (Nurse - Moderator) / 30 Oct 16:30

What is self harm?

Chat Health (Nurse - Moderator) / 30 Oct 16:38

Self harm is very difficult to talk about however can be very common. There are my different types of self harm and many different reasons why someone may self harm.
Many people self-harm as a result of another problem/s.
It can happen if you are feeling worried/ anxious feeling low or bullied or other problems. It can be a way of dealing with your problems/s now however we can talk about different ways today?

Chat Health (Nurse - Moderator) / 30 Oct 16:45

If you self harm or know someone who does, taking that first step of finding someone you feel safe with and trust will help. If you feel you cannot tell someone you know ( eg parent friend GP someone at school/college) there are helplines and websites where you can get support.
Has anybody used any of these and did you find them useful?

Chat Health (Nurse - Moderator) / 30 Oct 16:53

We have found some of the follow have been useful

Young minds ( includes parents helpline)
childline 0800 1111 ( on line counselling service for young people 11-24yrs)
calm harm (self harm app)

Chat Health (Nurse - Moderator) / 30 Oct 17:01

if you are struggling with self-harm many people have found these alternatives coping mechanisms useful;
As well as talking to someone you trust and feel safe with you could try one of the following;
Listening to positive music
writing poetry or other art forms
Go for a walk
punch a pillow
Bake a cake
have a bubble bath...... the list is endless be creative be persistent in looking for solutions

Chat Health (Nurse - Moderator) / 30 Oct 17:06

We are going to close our chat shortly however please remember you are not alone there is always someone out there who will listen remember
There is nothing too awful or small that you cannot tell someone.
We all have the right to feel safe all of the time!

This chat is now closed!

This chat is now closed, thanks for taking part.

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Health for Teens Self Harm section or:

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