01 March, 2021

Marking Self-Injury Awareness Day

Every year, Self-Injury Awareness Day falls on 1 March and, with it comes an opportunity to raise awareness about self-injury or self-harm, to reduce stigma, and to point people towards help and support available.

Self-harm can be a difficult and sensitive topic to talk about and understand. While it may be linked with mental health difficulties, such as depression or eating disorders, self-harm is not a mental health condition or diagnosis in its own right. It can take diverse forms, and people may engage in various self-injuring behaviours for different reasons and at different times.

Informing ourselves about self-harm is important so that we can recognise self-harming behaviours and better support those experiencing them. To help with this and to mark Self-Injury Awareness Day, we’ve compiled a range of information, reports and presentations on self-harm below.

Looking back at conferences

In previous years, we hosted an annual Self-Harm Awareness Conference (SHAC) in partnership with Pieta. From firsthand experience from mental health ambassadors to insight into the challenges and opportunities of different interventions, you can look back at the conferences and find more helpful information and resources.

Getting support

If you would like support for self-harm or if you are concerned about someone you know, help is available through the helplines and support services below. The Health Service Executive (HSE) also shares information on self-harm which you might find helpful.

  • Support and Information Line

    At St Patrick’s Mental Health Services (SPMHS), we run a support line staffed by mental health nurses from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. Get in touch by ringing 01 249 3333 (with a callback facility for out-of-hours contact). Local phonecall costs apply.

  • HSE Your Mental Health

    Freephone the Your Mental Health Infoline to find supports and services near you: this is available at any time on 1800 111 888.

     You can also use the free, 24/7 Text 50808 text service, which offers chats and support to people going through emotional or mental health crises: text "HELLO" to the number 50800 at any time to get in touch.

  • Pieta

    If you or a family member are self-harming or having suicidal thoughts, you can contact Pieta’s 24-hour helpline on 1890 130 022 or 1800 247 247.

  • Samaritans

    Call 116 123, 24 hours a day to contact the Samaritans’ helpline, which aims to provide emotional support at any time you may need it.

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