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Self-harm is a sign of serious emotional distress and is a strong risk factor for suicide.
While most people who self-harm will not go on to take their own life, over the longer term it is associated with developing suicidal thoughts.
Download our guidance for advice on how safely cover the topic of self-harm in the media.
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Samaritans’ media advice team is available to support journalists and to answer questions relating to self-harm at: [email protected]
Providing information on how to contact organisations where people can find support, including helpline numbers, can encourage people who are struggling and may be experiencing suicidal thoughts to seek help. This could save lives. The below video can be embedded in articles and other content, or alternatively use our helpline details listed below.
When life is difficult, Samaritans are here – day or night, 365 days a year. You can call them for free on 116 123, email them at [email protected], or visit samaritans.org to find your nearest branch.