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Self-harm is a complex way of coping with difficult emotions. If this is something you’re experiencing in your life, our new support service can offer you a safe, non-judgemental space where you can talk openly and explore how you’re feeling.

We won’t just focus on the self-harm. We’ll work with you to find out what matters to you in your life and we’ll support you to find coping strategies that work for you.  Many of our team members have lived experience of living with self-harm or managing mental ill health and so they bring an understanding of what you might be experiencing.

How does it work?

The Self-Harm Network Scotland Service is currently providing locality support for people living in Dundee, the Highlands & Islands, and Glasgow.

We also have an online support portal which is for anyone in Scotland aged 12 and over.

We’re self-referral, which means you can contact us directly to get support. We also accept referrals on your behalf.

I live in Dundee: how do I get support?

The Dundee service supports people aged 12 – 18 years old living in Dundee. For more information or to find out about getting support, please email:

I live in Glasgow: how do I get support?

In Glasgow, our team of peer practitioners support people aged 16 and over in the east of the city. For more information or to find out about getting support, please email:

I live in the Highlands & Islands: how do I get support?

Our new service in the Highlands & Islands supports people aged 16 and over living in the Highlands & Islands. For more information, or to find out about getting support, please email:

What about online support?

Our online support portal is open for people aged 12 and over living anywhere in Scotland. It contains lots of easy to follow resources if you’re living with self-harm and you can also access support from our team of practitioners through a live webchat.

The portal is also there for parents and carers, and for anyone in a professional capacity who wants to understand how best to support someone who may be self-harming.

Visit the portal here: Home – Self-Harm Network Scotland Penumbra (

How do I refer someone for support?

If you’re a professional working with someone living in any of our localities above who may be experiencing self-harm, you can refer them for support. Please email the team to find out more. You can also signpost anyone to our self-harm portal.

Do you offer training for professionals working with people who self-harm?

Yes. Just contact the team to find out more. Email us on:

Visit our online support portal for more information: Home – Self-Harm Network Scotland Penumbra (

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