Mental Health Awareness Week: Self-Harm

Mental Health Awareness Week: Self-Harm

Self-harm is when someone hurts themselves as a coping mechanism to deal with difficult feelings, painful memories or overwhelming situations.

Some people have described self-harm to express something that is hard to put into words, to change emotional pain into physical pain or have a sense of being in control or to punish themselves for their feelings.

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Some of the ways people self-harm are cutting their body, over or under eating, exercising excessively, misusing alcohol, pulling your own hair, hitting yourself or walls.

Self-harming is difficult to talk about but it’s a common problem and can be overcome, that said it you self-harm, it is important that you know how to look after your injuries and that you have access to the first aid equipment you need. LifeSIGNS has information on first aid for self-injury and self-harm.



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Thinking Personnel support

Whatever our age, background or role in life, from time to time we all have problems, whether emotional, legal, financial or work related. Our Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) is here to support and all employees have access to the Trust wellbeing portal which offers unlimited access to information, advice and emotional support on a number of wellbeing subjects. For more information, visit, with username: TSATwell

You can also access the 24 hour a day 365 days a year counselling support phone line on 0800 1116 387.

Our HR Team are always here to help if you have any queries or concerns, or if you just need some general advice. They can also signpost you to the appropriate support services if you are struggling.