At the moment when a young person is overcome by an urge or need to self-harm, it can be very helpful for them to have a range of different strategies they can tap into to try and cope with the way they are feeling right now without actually inflicting harm on themselves.These resources contain in excess of 130 ideas which a young person could use as an alternative to self-harm.
These ideas were all suggested by people who used to self-harm.
These ideas are shared as a handout designed to be shared with young people you’re working with. Different things work for different people at different times so there are a wide range of ideas here to try. It’s always worth having follow up conversations with the young person you’re working with to find out what’s worked and what hasn’t so they can refine their list and determine the best strategies to employ at the moment they’re overcome with the need to harm.