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Aunty Sprout: Self-Harming

Posted by Aunty Sprout from Cardiff - Published on 30/06/2014 at 11:22
7 comments » - Tagged as Health, People, Topical

  • Aunty Sprout

Hi Aunty Sprout, 

How can you stop self-harming?

If you could help I would be very grateful,


Well now Sprouters, it’s over to you! If you have any advice to offer, please leave your comments below.

Or if you have a problem or question that you would like some advice on, why not share it with TheSprout community? TheSprout has teamed up with Meic (the national helpline for young people), so they'll be offering their advice too.

So, if you have a question that you'd like to ask, just submit it like you would an article via the submit news section with my name (Aunty Sprout) in the title or simply leave a comment on my homepage. Your entry will be posted anonymously, as I’ll change the name on it. Also remember to have a look at the info section (the national information directory for young people). You can, of course, always contact Meic directly - www.meiccymru.org.

Click here to read last week's Aunty Sprout question on Low Self-Esteem

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Aunty Sprout

Aunty Sprout

Commented 22 months ago - 30th June 2014 - 12:07pm

Hi there,

Thank you for sharing this with us. Take a gander at some of these articles written by other young folk in Cardiff about self-harm. They include thoughts and poems on self-harm. You may find it helpful just to read about it from another perspective and to know that others are going and have gone through the same thing. Do feel free to leave comments (which we can make anonymous if you request) on their articles if you wish to discuss with them directly.

Whilst we wait for Meic, other young people and hopefully other orgz to comment below with more help, you can search our 'Info' pages to find the most relevant advice for you. We have info and advice pages for young people on Self-Harm here. We also have a large section on Health and Body Matters and other pages on Emotional and Mental Health.

Our 'Info' pages are part of Wales' national info service for young people and are currently being updated and expanded, so if there's anything missing that you think should be covered, please let us know. This can be done below or on the appropriate 'Info' page.

It's best that you find someone who can support you face-to-face. There are plenty of people who want to help you out there and you can search theSproutDirect to find detailed info on the services available to you as a young person in Cardiff. Try searching by Keyword e.g. 'self-harm', or by Category e.g. you could select 'Health' then 'Emotional Health and Wellbeing', if you want. We'd always recommend going to your GP because they can point you in the right direction. It won't take long to see them and, although it can be difficult opening up about these things, they are friendly and trained professionals who can do you the world of good.


Commented 22 months ago - 30th June 2014 - 13:54pm

Bit of a silly suggestion, but me and a couple of my friends found making loom bands to be a nice calming distraction - it's something else to do with your hands.

Other than that, Heads Above The Waves is an organisation which may help too.

Sam Sprout (Editor)

Sam Sprout (Editor)

Commented 22 months ago - 30th June 2014 - 13:55pm

Thanks for the input Emmer, someone was talking about Loom Bands in the editorial group meeting, are they so hot right now?

Also here's a link for Heads Above The Waves.

Sam Sprout (Editor)

Sam Sprout (Editor)

Commented 22 months ago - 30th June 2014 - 14:04pm

Bud chipped in on Facebook with a link to the Amber Project's Louder Than Words which "is a booklet produced for young people. It explores the issue of self-harm in a non-judgmental and informative way."



Commented 22 months ago - 30th June 2014 - 20:38pm

As Emmer suggested, doing something else to take your mind off it is probably a wise idea. Also, try and keep yourself busy with other things for example meet up with friends or speak to them often.

Maybe you should tell an adult also, I know that it is extremely difficult, but they'll try their best to help.

I know I do not give the best advice, but I wish you all the luck I have.

Amber Project

Commented 22 months ago - 8th July 2014 - 10:34am

Just to reassure you that you are not alone, The Amber Project which is based here in Cardiff works with young people who have experience of self-harm.

There are several other coping strategies that you can try (we produce a booklet called 'Louder Than Words'; which has a section on these and which can be accessed from our web-site: www.amberproject.org.uk

Try to remember not to be hard on yourself, some people find stopping easy but for others it's a real struggle and developing other ways of coping that work for you can take time.

It really can be 'good to talk' , this might be to a supportive family member or friend or to a helpline. TESS (Text and email support services) offer support to girls and young women affected by self-injury (www.selfinjurysupport.org.uk and follow the links).

While The Amber Project can be contacted by phone or text (07905905437) or by e-mail: just click on contact us on our web-site.

Hope that this is helpful


Commented 19 months ago - 26th September 2014 - 09:24am

Do something you love or like to take your mind off it.
i used to have the same problem and i just did what i loved and i got over it. give it a try.

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