Supporting anybody affected by self-harm
Welcome to Battle Scars. We are a small, dedicated, 100% survivor-led and run charity offering local, regional, national as well as international support around self-harm (click here for our definition).
Self-harm is far more widespread and complex than most people think. It's also mostly hidden and often judged due to the stigma attached to it. Our aim is to break down this stigma, raise awareness, dispel the myths and support those affected by self-harm irrelevant of gender, age, background and location.
Our face-to-face services in Leeds and Wakefield are still on hold but we are hoping to restart them (as well as some new ones) in the autumn. During the pandemic we have offered various virtual services. All these UK-wide services will continue being on offer as they are allowing us to reach people we could not have reached before.
We help those who struggle with self-harm by running easy-to-access peer support groups, with a similar group for their families. Our worldwide, all-ages Facebook group offers around-the-clock peer support for anybody needing help or wishing to celebrate their achievements. Our training for professionals on self-harm or eating disorders is available on set dates or for private delivery. We are currently developing services for children and young people.
We have various online and printed resources to help understand and manage self-harm, to support organisations, to encourage people who struggle with self-harm to reach out and build a robust support network.
"I self-harm to have some control over the chaos in my mind, to release the pressure of a drowning soul. But the Battle scars Facebook group has helped me shed the shame I felt regarding my self-harm and gave me a safe space to talk about my urges and feelings without judgment. It has helped me break the cycle and pull out of the spiral I was in"