The lead UK charity offering support, advice and advocacy services to people affected by self harm directly or in a care role
NSHN is a registered charity currently funded by the Opportunities for Volunteering fund. Based in Nottingham, the charity offers its services nationwide and has a number of international members.
NSHN was originally established to build a network of support groups for individuals who self harm and campaign for their rights. Since its founding the charity has grown and evolved. The charity now focuses on support and distraction enabling people to seek alternatives to self harm. The charity aims to empower individuals to explore reasons for their self harm and to seek appropriate professional help. NSHN now equally support friends, families and carers of individuals who self harm.
As well as supporting the individual NSHN aims to raise awareness of self harm, underlying causes, triggers and the many ways to offer support. We provide training to professional organisations, schools, universities, charities, user groups etc.
The charity runs an online support forum serving over 2500 members. This forum is administered and moderated by trained volunteers to maintain a safe environment where members can express their feelings and thoughts and receive help from their peers who have the greatest understanding and empathy. This forum is often the first place members have been able to talk about their self harm and being able to do so in an anonymous, understanding, non-judgmental and supportive environment encourages them to tell people in their lives that they are struggling and seek help.
Support is also available via email. This service is supervised and is manned by empathetic volunteers who can offer support and advice. This service can be accessed via [email protected] Please note this is not a crisis service as the average response time is up to 72 hours.
NSHN operate a freephone helpline. This service is for individuals who self harm, friends, family and carers. The number is 0800 622 6000 and the helpline is currently open from 7pm to 11pm Thursday-Saturday, 6.30pm-10.30pm Sunday.