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March 1 is National Self-harm Prevention day and Nottinghamshire County Council has sign posted a number residents to a number of organisations who can potentially help

Yesterday, (Friday, March 1) was self-harm prevention day across the country.

The day highlights the issue of self-harm and encourages people to seek help if needed.

With mental health coming more to the forefront as a major issue for society, several groups have been created to address the crisis.

National self-harm prevention day occurs on March 1 every year. Image: Nottinghamshire County Council.
National self-harm prevention day occurs on March 1 every year. Image: Nottinghamshire County Council.

“Self-harm does not discriminate based on gender, race, age, religion, disability or sexual orientation,” said a spokesman from Nottinghamshire County Council.

“Self-harm is when somebody intentionally harms or injures their body.

“Self-harm can take many different forms and can include both minor and high-risk behaviours.

“It's often a way of coping with difficult situations and/or expressing overwhelming emotional distress.

“The severity of self-harm is not linked to the level of distress. Self-harm can affect anyone of any age.

“Self-harm can be a risk factor for suicide, but not everyone who self-harms will take their own life or have suicidal thoughts.

“It's important not to make assumptions about self-harm.

“It is also important to let someone who self-harms know that it's safe to talk about their experiences.”

There are a number of organisations that can assist people that need help with this situation.

Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Crisis Line for anyone who needs immediate help.

drop-ins available

• SHOUT: free, confidential, anonymous text support service for anyone struggling to cope. Available 24/7. Text NOTTS to 85258

• You can also contact your local GP to be referred to specific mental health support service

Call: 0808 196 3779 ( lines open 24/7, FREE to call)

Nottinghamshire Crisis Sanctuaries offer free mental health support, information and guidance.

Harmless provide support for people who self-harm and those close to them.

Call: 0115 8800280 (Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm)

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