Check out this website review from London VIR Charlie Root! We’re working with Selfharm.co.uk for Self Harm Awareness Day on Thursday 1st March…stay tuned for more news!
Selfharm.co.uk is one of the best, if not the best site I have seen that is; firstly, dedicated to self harm and helping people of all ages and backgrounds. Secondly, it aims to help other people involved in someone elses self harm. Be it family or friends, to help them understand more about what the person might be going through. Finally, it was the only place on the Internet where I have found advice on how to self harm “safely.” While the site can not be pro-self harm for good reasons, it’s nice to see that they realise people are going to self harm. So they can try to help them do it in a safer manner to stop any serious injury.
The user blog spot that has been set up for people to share experiences and advice. Not only for the person harming but the other people affected, is amazing. It’s very powerful and helpful to know your’re not alone and there are others that suffer in a similar way. The fact that people can post in multiple times of mediums (blogs/videos/images) is a really nice touch. The video side of things great as at times you’re not always in the mood for reading and this eliminates that fact. This is my favourite part of the website and has been helpful for me to look over and watch. I’d recommend it to anyone.
I was astounded when I came across the section on how to self harm in a safer manner. This was something I look for on the Internet after the first few times when I self harmed – to make sure I wasn’t going to do any serious harm to myself. I don’t know if I would of paid attention to it at the time but I was startled when I couldn’t really find any help on the Internet. So it was great to read that the people running the site understood that whilst they can’t be promoting self harm, people are stil going to self harm whether they want them to or not. And telling them how to do it in a safer way is very very helpful to them.
The information for people trying to deal with someone self harming, whether they know very little or a lot. Its really helpful as it helps deal with myths around self harm and correcting them as well giving a great insight into this world. As I have self harmed in the past I decided to get my brother who knew barely anything on the matter or about what I have been through to read the site as well. He was shocked at how much he thought he knew, when in fact most of what he thought was incorrect (a myth about self harming if you like). In a sense I’m grateful l that I got him to read it and he now knows a little more about what I have been through.
The website as a whole is an excellent example of good help for people suffering from Mental Health problems. As there is many out there that I would not recommend to people to use. It provides great information for all people involved which is wonderful. And the current community of people blogging on the site, help add to this information and make it seem very friendly and welcoming place to read and gain hope from. The most positive thing I can say for the website; is that I keep visiting it to check for any new blogs that might of been posted and might post something of my own when I feel in a mood where it is easier to talk about my experiences.