Self Injury Support

Self Injury SupportFor girls and young women up to 24yrs who self-injure.

for Self Injury support Text us on 0780 047 2908 or email TESS

   CASS Confidential Anonymous Self Injury Support Helpline – for women of any age on 0808 800 8088                                                 

Self injury Support (formerly Bristol Crisis Service for Women) is a charity. We were set up in 1986, to support women in emotional distress.

We particularly help girls and women who harm themselves (often called self-injury). This is how some people cope with their feelings and problems.

Our aims

  • To offer support to women in emotional distress, and particularly to those who self-injure.
  • To develop services, and raise awareness of self-injury and mental health issues, through training and providing information.

We have carried out a lot of research into the experiences and needs of women who self-injure. As well as helping to shape our own services, this work has also helped people:

  • get a better understanding of self-injury; and
  • find the best ways of working with people who self-injure.

We have also written ‘good practice guidelines’ for working with people who self-injure.

What we do

How we work

Self injury Support is run by a management group. TESS and our Women’s Self-injury Helpline are staffed by volunteers, who receive full training and support for their work. Volunteers work alongside paid workers in carrying out many aspects of the organisation’s work.

How we are financed

We get funding from a wide range of sources including charitable trusts, central and local government agencies, and individuals. Much of this funding is in the form of one-off grants for specific projects.

We are always trying to secure longer-term funding. This will help us to continue our work, expand our services and respond effectively to the increasing need for crisis support in the community.