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24hr freephone crisis helpline 1800 247 247

Our 24 hour freephone crisis helpline is managed by qualified and professional therapists.

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text our therapists if you are in crisis Text HELP to 51444

Our qualified and professional therapists are available 24 hours a day. *Standard message rates apply

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Start your Therapy Journey today Call 0818 111 126

Our Therapy Services team is available to support you with accessing our free therapy services and provide information on therapy for you or someone you are concerned about. No referral needed.

If you are in a medical emergency call 999 or 112 now

How can I help?

Anyone can self-harm and this can take form in many different ways. It can be a way of relieving stress or painful experiences. When people intentionally harm themselves it becomes a functioning coping mechanism.

If someone confides in you about their self-harm, you can start to help them immediately. Show them kindness, love, and compassion without judgement.

Help them get the support they need by asking their permission to contact Pieta on their behalf. Offer to attend the first appointment with them, even if they’re over 18.

Help us to help them – contact Pieta.

Some Help & Advice

Will there ever be a time when they don’t self harm?

Self-harm is a coping practice during times of stress, intense change, or low mood.

There is no proven link between self-harming and suicidal ideation.

While self-harming may not be ideal for everyone, it is a viable coping method for some.

What if their wound looks infected or dangerous?

If someone has reached out to you about a serious self-harming incident, please take this matter seriously.

Let them know you’re there to support them, without judgement, and that you’ll try your best to help them out right now.

Discuss with them calmly about what is the best option for medical care; GP, local hospital, a&e, or ambulance. Ensure they attend a medical appointment as soon as possible to prevent infection or further injury.

For further help and advice see our FAQ section. If you feel someone is in immediate danger or experiencing a medical emergency please call Emergency Services on 112 or 999 now.

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