The 1st of March is Self-Harm Awareness Day. This campaign serves as a reminder of the importance of addressing self-injurious behaviour and ensuring you check in with your friends and family.
This day is dedicated to raising awareness about self-harm, educating the public, reducing stigma, and encouraging those affected to seek help. It highlights the need for understanding, compassion, and support for individuals who experience emotional pain so intense that they turn to self-harm as a coping mechanism.
Why It Is Important
Self-Harm Awareness Day is vital because it sheds light on an issue often shrouded in secrecy and shame. By increasing awareness and understanding, we can foster a more supportive environment that encourages individuals to seek help and find healthier coping strategies. It also emphasises the importance of early intervention, which can significantly reduce the risk of future harm and support recovery.
How Organisations Can Get Involved
Organisations can play a key role in supporting Self-Harm Awareness Day through various initiatives:
- Educational Workshops: Host workshops or webinars led by mental health professionals to educate employees about the signs of self-harm, the underlying issues, and how to support someone who may be struggling.
- Mental Health First Aid Training: Offer training for staff to become mental health first aiders, equipping them with the skills needed to provide initial support to someone experiencing a mental health issue.
- Promote Open Conversations: Create a culture of openness and non-judgment, encouraging employees to talk about their feelings and struggles without fear of stigma.
- Support Services: Provide access to counselling services or mental health support for employees, ensuring they have a confidential and safe space to seek help.
- Awareness Campaigns: Utilise internal communication channels to share information about self-harm and available resources, highlighting the importance of seeking help.
Resources for Self-Harm Awareness Day
For further information and resources to support Self-Harm Awareness Day initiatives, consider exploring the following UK-based organisations:
- Mind: Offers a wealth of information on self-harm and supporting someone who self-harms. (mind.org.uk)
- Self-Injury Support: Provides women and girls with self-injury support by text, email, and phone. (selfinjurysupport.org.uk)
- Harmless: Delivers a range of services about self-harm, including support, training, and consultancy. (harmless.org.uk)
- Samaritans: Available 24/7 to provide confidential support for people who are experiencing feelings of distress, including those who self-harm. (samaritans.org)
By participating in Self-Harm Awareness Day, organisations can contribute to a broader understanding of self-harm and offer critical support to those in need. It’s an opportunity to make a real difference in the lives of individuals struggling with self-harm and to promote a culture of care and support within the workplace.
Self-harm Related Content on Workplace Wellbeing Professional
To read content published on WWP covering this sensitive topic, please see below:
- Olivia-Louise Hamilton: Understanding self-harm – Breaking the silence and promoting supportive environments
- Suicide website sparks greater need for workplace mental health support
- Time to Talk Day 2024 – Suicide rate 3x higher in men than women
- Sarah Baldry: Is suicide a workplace problem?
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Joanne is the editor for Workplace Wellbeing Professional and has a keen interest in promoting the safety and wellbeing of the global workforce. After earning a bachelor's degree in English literature and media studies, she taught English in China and Vietnam for two years. Before joining Work Well Pro, Joanne worked as a marketing coordinator for luxury property, where her responsibilities included blog writing, photography, and video creation.