Help services for self-harm

If you or a friend are self-harming, it’s important that you talk to someone about what you’re going through. There are a number of services available to help. If it’s an emergency, call 000 (if you’re in Australia).

This can help if:

  • you’re engaging in self-harm

  • you know someone who is engaging in self-harm

  • you’re looking for self-harm support services.

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What should I do in an emergency?

If you’re in a situation where you need immediate medical assistance, call emergency services on 000. Or if you need to talk to someone right now, check out our urgent help page to find out who you can call.

What services are available?

In addition to talking with your GP or mental health professional, there are other services you can contact about self-harm.

headspace headspace is Australia’s National Youth Mental Health Foundation, helping young people aged 12 to 25. Where to go: Find a centre near you. Find out more at the headspace website.

SANE Australia SANE Australia is a national organisation that provides information, resources and advice for people affected by mental illness. Find out more at the SANE Australia website.

Youthbeyondblue Youthbeyondblue is a service run by beyondblue, a national organisation working to address issues associated with depression, anxiety and related disorders in Australia. Find out more at the Youthbeyondblue website.

Living Is For Everyone Living Is For Everyone (LIFE) provides information and resources around suicide and self-harm. Find out more at the LIFE website.

Mental Health Carers Australia For friends and family members supporting people through depression and other mental health disorders. Find out more at the Mental Health Carers Australia website.

Who else can I talk to?

If you don’t feel comfortable contacting one of the above services for self-harm support, there are other people who can help, including:

What can I do now?

  • Find out more about self-harm.

  • Check out what to do if you think a friend is self-harming.

  • Get in touch with a self-harm support service to talk things through.

  • Find out about what happens when you call a helpline.