Self-harm: Confidentiality at Accident & Emergency
Telling someone about self-harm is hard and whoever you tell should respect your right to privacy. Find out more about what happens if you visit Accident & EmergencyWatch TheSite.org video
Six Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) distraction techniques
Kati Morton talks you though six different distraction techniques in this eight minute videoWatch Kati Morton's video
Self Harm: the power of talking
TheSite.org: Having a self-harm relapse
Time to Change: Blogs and stories about self harm
Sane: Self-harm, the ‘secret self’ research
The Student Room: Self harm information and coping mechanisms
NHS: Self-harm self help guide
NHS Choices: Cuts and grazes
Royal College of Psychiatrists: Alternatives to self-harm and distraction techniques
What to do if you are feeling actively suicidal when usual services may be closed:
If you are about to harm yourself or have already done so, phone 999 or immediately go to the Emergency Department at your local hospital.
There is a university mental health advisor on duty Monday – Thursday 9:00–17:00 and Friday 9:00–16:30. You can contact them by calling 01752 587676.
You can also contact campus security 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Additional self-help resources
We also have a range of leaflets, presentations and audio files created by staff at the University that may be helpful.
If something is causing you concern, is upsetting or distressing you, then it may help to talk about it in a safe environment.
If you are a partnership student please find out what support your institution offers.
For students studying on the Plymouth and Truro campus, you can seek support and professional advice from: