Battle Scars was formed because of the need of one person to find support for her self-harm. Starting as a peer support Facebook group in January 2015, we formed the Battle Scars community group (Unincorporated Association) in April 2016. Fast growth resulted in Battle Scars becoming a registered charity (CIO - Charitable Incorporated Organisation) in England and Wales on February 6th, 2018.
We are based in Leeds, West Yorkshire, running face-to-face services in Leeds and Wakefield alongside our ever-growing worldwide Facebook group and since June 2020 our virtual services are available UK-wide.
Our definition of self-harm
We include both physical and psychological forms of self harm:
To support, educate and break down the self-harm stigma
We aim to support anybody affected by self-harm: those who self-harm and those supporting them (family, friends and professionals) to make sure they no longer feel alone. We constantly work to break down the stigma surrounding self-harm through education, honesty and openness.
We will continue working to:
Better awareness of self-harm's complexity, roots and reasons so that anybody affected by self-harm can receive support, acceptance and understanding so they can build a healthier future for themselves.
We work closely with other 3rd sector organisations (such as Forum Central, Leeds Involving People, VAL/Young Lives Leeds), the NHS (West Yorkshire ICS, LYPFT, Recovery Colleges), the DWP, Leeds & Manchester Universities, to name but a few, as well as supporting many private organisations' mental health first aiders.
We are keen to strengthen existing and develop new links with organisations in or out of Leeds.
Every single one of us matters