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Welcome to the Community Voice: Needs Must/Pan fo Angen Self-Harm Self-Help Project.

Self-harm is an umbrella term for any action, habit or behaviour which can cause damage to your health and it is one of the top 5 reasons for hospital admissions in Wales. Over the course of this 4 year project, we are committed to listening to the needs of those in our community affected by self-harm and ensuring their voices are heard.

It’s all over!

We would like to thank you all for the support you have shown the Big Lottery Fund funded Community Voice: Needs Must/Pan fo Angen Self-Harm Self-Help project.

The project officially ends on August 31st 2017. During the 4 years of the life of the project, we have supported over 100 people to reduce their self-harm and have helped build their confidence and community engagement.

Our participants have raised awareness of their struggles with self-harm and spoken from the heart at events across the county, as well as meeting with service providers to change how self-harm is viewed.

We couldn’t have run such a successful project if it wasn’t for their bravery and determination and we would like to say a big thank you to all those involved over the years.

This is not the end of self-harm support in Bridgend County Borough, however!

SHARE begins on Wednesday 20th September 2017
from 6:30pm – 8pm

SHARE will be confidential, non-judgemental, and open to people who are at different stages of recovery.

SHARE  will provide the skills and knowledge to empower individuals to manage and reduce their harm.

SHARE facilitators have experience and knowledge on a variety of forms of Self-Harm and have an understanding that Self-Harm becomes ingrained as a means of coping.

SHARE will welcome anyone who wishes to attend to sit and reflect while listening to the stories of others’ journeys, until they gain the confidence to take the first step.

SHARE will ensure that those not ready to stop will learn how to take care of injuries they have, to reduce the risk of infection.

SHARE will encourage a dialogue between the self-harmer and their concerned friends/relatives. We will do this by inviting them, once a month, to come to the group to gain a better understanding and voice their concerns in a safe and welcoming environment.

SHARE educational sessions will include coping strategies regarding Stress, Anger, Anxiety and Depression, alternatives to harm, distraction techniques and other exercises designed to reduce the use of harm as a method of coping. There will also be fortnightly therapeutic sessions delivered by a qualified BACP accredited Counsellor.

For more information, contact SHARE by emailing or call Alun on (01656) 651 450

Newsletter – Issue 11, June 2017
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Previous Newsletters
Issue 10: March 2017
Issue 9: December 2016
Issue 8: September 2016
Issue 7: June 2016
Issue 6: March 2016
Issue 5: December 2015
Issue 4: September 2015
Issue 3: June 2015
Issue 2: February 2015
Issue 1: November 2014

Coping with Self-Harm: A Guide for Parents and Carers
Self-harm is very common in young people, with 10-15% of young people in the UK reporting that they self-harm. Families can find it difficult to comprehend and be left feeling like there’s nowhere to turn. Now, based on in-depth research with parents, a team from Oxford University’s Department of Psychiatry have launched a guide to help parents and carers who are trying to cope with this difficult situation.
The guide has been developed based on current research on self-harm and on interviews with parents. It contains quotes and advice for parents, from parents as well as evidence-based information and links to sources of help.
As well as information, the new resource provides a source of hope. Many of the parents interviewed had hope for the future and the team’s aspiration is that this will enable other parents to feel some optimism. View the guide here

NSHN: Distractions that can help
Often times, the feeling of wanting to harm is momentary. There are many forms of distraction that have been proven to successfully remove the urge to self-harm, allowing the person to move their mind to a more calming place.

The National Self-Harm Network has provided over 100 techniques including fun and creative distractions, physical and comforting distractions and many more. Not all of these will work for everyone. The best thing to do is have a read through and find the ones that suit you.  Read the guide here.

Self-Injury Support: Dealing with Feelings
Self-Injury Support is a national organisation that supports women and girls affected by Self-Harm or Self-Injury. Their website includes an interactive area where you can explore your feelings and emotions.

Of course, men and boys have feelings too, so don’t be afraid to have a go. Visit Self-Injury Support here.

Self-Harm UK: Helping Someone Who Self-Harms
SelfharmUK is a project dedicated to supporting young people impacted by self-harm, providing a safe space to talk, ask any questions and be honest about what’s going on in your life.

Read 10 Top Tips for Parents of Children who Self-Harm along with so much other useful information on the Self-Harm UK website.

NICE Guidelines
The NICE guidelines make recommendations for the physical, psychological and social assessment and treatment of people in primary and secondary care in the first 48 hours after having self-harmed. For the purpose of this guideline, the term self-harm is defined as ‘self-poisoning or injury, irrespective of the apparent purpose of the act’. Self-harm is an expression of personal distress, not an illness, and there are many varied reasons for a person to harm him or herself. Read the NICE Guidelines here. 

Self Injury Awareness Day 2016
This year we visited the Princess of Wales in Bridgend to promote awareness and understanding through sharing lived experience with professionals and the public alike.

Self Injury Awareness Day 2016

Self Injury Awareness Day 2015
To help raise awareness of Self-Harm, The Community Voice: Needs Must/Pan fo Angen took Self Injury Awareness Day as an opportunity to start a social media campaign. We wanted to express hope and togetherness and in the weeks leading up to the day used the self-harm awareness ribbon colour of orange to send out a powerful message of support for all those affected by self-harm.

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Have Your Say!
This is your opportunity to have your say about local support concerning self-harm. Please complete as much as you can from this survey, not all questions will be applicable to you. Please fill out the Survey.

Get in Touch!

If you have any thoughts or opinions on the articles in the newsletter or would like to know more about the project, please complete the contact form below.


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If you are concerned for your own, or someone else’s safety, there are a number of organisations that can help, here are some Useful Contacts

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