Self-Harm Resources

Penumbra's self-harm resources offer a range of information about understanding self-harm and very practical exercises that both young people themselves and those supporting them can use to help to understand, minimise any risks and ultimately reduce self-harming.


What is Self-Harm?

Understand the range of acts and behaviours that fall under the term 'self-harm'.


Signs of Self-Harm

Could you identify the main signs that might indicate someone is self-harming? This visual resource highlights key things you should look out for.


Myth vs Fact

A useful tool to provide young people with the facts and dispel the myths in relation to self-harming.


Helpful/Not Helpful

A visual resource to understand the actions and behaviours that can help support an individual that is self-harming, and those that can be counterproductive.


Reducing Self-Harm

By helping people understand what triggers behind their behaviour, this resource aims to help reduce instances of self-harm.


Alternatives to Self-Harm

This resource lists activities that can either act as a distraction or address some of the symptoms which can lead to self-harm.


First Aid Key Tips

Checklist of key tips to be aware of if you, or someone you know, has self-harmed.



Exercise to help people understand understand what makes them happy, valuable and loved.


Lift Me Up

Listing exercise to identify activities and strategies which can help people when they may be thinking of self-harm.


My Diary

A diary exercise to help people reflect on acts of self-harm and address feelings that led to and followed.


Safe Plan

This resource helps people identify possible events or situations that may cause distress and trigger instances of self-harm, as well as steps that can be taken to stay safe and well.


Talking Heads

This exercise aims to combat negative internal thoughts and build self-esteem and confidence through positive affirmation.


Traffic Lights

Help people identify the thought processes at play during various stages of self-harm.


Treasure Chest

Listing exercise to identify the things and places that are most important.


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