Self injury Support

TESS text and email support

Self injury (also known as self harm) affects as many as 1 in 10 young people. We provide confidential text and email support to girls and young women who self harm - to listen, to reduce their isolation, to help them explore what is going on in their lives, and find other ways of coping.

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Registered Charity in England and Wales (1092299)

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  • I really believe the work you do is amazing, I'm not sure if I would be recovered by now if it wasn't for TESS.

    — TESS user

  • ‘I feel able to open up to you because you don’t know who I am’

    — TESS user

  • I really believe the work you do is amazing, I'm not sure if I would be recovered by now if it wasn't for TESS.

    — TESS user

  • ‘I feel able to open up to you because you don’t know who I am’

    — TESS user

Situation

Self-injury affects as many as 1 in 10 young people; hospital admissions for self-injury among under 25's have risen by more than 50% in the last 5 years. The most common form is cutting, but people may also scratch, punch or burn themselves, pick their skin or pull out hair. Reasons vary; it is often to release unbearable emotional tension, which may be caused by grief, anxiety or despair, & often related to experiences like abuse, neglect, bullying, body image, school or work pressures.

Solution

We provide confidential text and email support for girls and young women who self-injure. This interactive support will help to reduce the stigma and isolation experienced and empower young people to begin to find other less harmful ways of managing difficult feelings and experiences. Text and email are means of communication that young people are familiar and comfortable with, and allow the person to express themselves perhaps for the first time, without fear of unwanted consequences.