The University of Bolton Student Services

Mental Health and Wellbeing

Resources brought together by the Life Lounge team

Self-Harm also referred to as Self Injury

Self-harm is a complex issue whereby people have different reasons and experiences. It may be a way of trying to cope with other things that are going on, a way of punishing ourselves, or relieving stress or tension. It could also be a way of expressing emotional pain or trying to communicate a need for help to others, or other things too.

If you are self-harming, it's really important to reach out for support. Talking to someone can help you find new ways of coping with stress and feelings of being over-whelmed. It could help to address some of the issues that are making you feel overwhelmed, or help you understand your strengths and resillience more  and develop new strategies.


Please be aware this section may be triggering for some individuals.


Life Signs- Self injury Support Network:  Support, advice and true stories of people who have struggled to overcome self-injury.  The network aims to provide information and guide in new ways of coping when you are ready to do so.


Mind- information, guidance, videos and resources -  https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/types-of-mental-health-problems/self-harm/about-self-harm/


Changing Faces Skin Camouflage Service  - For someone living with scarring or a skin condition that affects their appearance and confidence, specialist camouflage products offer a way to cope. Our service helps individuals to regain self-confidence and independence. Run around 120 clinics across the country. www.changingfaces.org.uk/Skin-Camouflage


Calm Harm free app provides tasks to help you manage the urge to Self-Harm 



Havaco - For survivors of abuse, also deal with self-harm. Click on Information then Self Harm



Self Injury Support -  Information and advice with list of support groups across the UK www.selfinjurysupport.org.uk


Butterfly project- The butterfly project has been created for self-harmers who feel they are ready to stop and need the motivation or support to do so. https://www.adolescentselfinjuryfoundation.com/the-butterfly-project      or        https://butterfly-project.tumblr.com/

Recover Your Life Project - An online community forum to offer support and advice to individuals who self harm or are at risk of self-harm. www.recoveryourlife.com/index.php?categoryid=1

The Big Life Company - A variety of self-help initiatives including self help groups, structured courses for self esteem, depression, anxiety and emotional wellbeing, complimentary therapy clinic and computerised cognitive behavioural therapy. www.selfhelpservices.org.uk Zion Community Resource Centre Manchester, 0161 226 3871

Battle Scars A small 100% survivor-led and run charity based in Leeds, West Yorkshire.

 Our face-to-face services are limited to the Leeds and Wakefield areas (currently on hold) but we also run virtual services available to anybody living in the UK:

  •  Peer support groups (adults)
  • Support group for parents/family of people who self-harm (all ages)
  • Training for professionals
  • Printed and online resources
  • Worldwide private Facebook group (strictly moderated)

 Please check out the attached single-page newsletter for updates and visit the website for full information



Papyrus is a leading suicide prevention charity. 

They have produced an excellent guide for parents to support their child who self harms and / has suicidal ideation. The guide is extensive and is supported by the The Royal College of emergency medicine. The guide can be found here > Papyrus SH+S guide.


In this video from  MIND Zainab, Lechelle, Debbie and Ben talk about their experience of self-harm, what causes it, how it feels and how they think people can help


Togetherall offers some great support with self-harm.

You can take self-assessments to monitor your mood, and you could try their online Managing Self-Harm course, which includes content on understanding Self-harm, Treating Injuries, common myths, distraction techniques and building tolerance to feelings of distress.

Log on to Togetherall and sign up for free with your University email address.

Apps to support your wellbeing

There are so many apps available which can help with your mood, wellbeing and mental health. 

Things to bare in mind when downloading an app for your wellbeing:

  • An app can offer general support, but it can't diagnose a condition or offer specific tailored support. Therefore if you are worried about your mental health, visit your GP.
  • Many people can create an app. Consider the source and how trustworthy or accurate it is. It may not have been recently updated with current information.
  • Some apps require a subscription. You can utilise free trials to explore the app and try it for a short period. Make sure you cancel any subscriptions before you are charged, unless you're happy to pay for the service.

ORCHA - The GMMH NHS Wellbeing App Finder

With so many apps out there that can support your Wellbeing, GMMH NHS have published online their tool to find specific apps linked to different conditions and purposes, allowing you to access more relevant resources for your needs. Take a look.