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Age range

11-17 year olds

Running length 

6 weeks

Next session

Starts Monday 19th April
4.30pm – 5.45pm

Do you self-harm or know anyone who does? OTR’s hARMED group workshop is for anyone aged 11-17 struggling with self-harm or thoughts of self-harm.

Please note that the hARMED sessions have moved online throughout the pandemic and lockdown. You can sign up with the button above. Read more about OTR’s availability here

Self-harm can have a number of causes, like a difficult situation at home, school or work. In this workshop, we look at how a stressful world can lead us to cope in certain ways. Then, we begin to look at other, more healthy ways we can manage life stresses. The workshop also offers a space for you to share with your peers, but you don’t have to talk if you don’t want to.

You’ll learn facts and myths about self-harm, how to keep safe, the science of how the mind and body works, how to deal with difficult emotions, and how to reduce self-harm by learning new ways to manage.

Each workshop meets once a week for six weeks and has about eight young people around the same age in attendance. Workshops run regularly every few months.

Workshop overview

Week 1 – Introductions, what is self harm?
Week 2 – Self harm, stigma and some theory for why
people self harm

Week 3 – Emotions and keeping calm
Week 4 – Coping strategies 
Week 5 – Reaching out and self compassion
Week 6 – Summary

"The group is informative around methods of coping, but also gives you a wider education on the topic of self-harm"
hARMED feedback
"You'll come out stronger than ever!"
hARMED feedback
"I liked being around people who have experienced the same as me and being able to talk about things"
hARMED feedback
"I promise it isn't as scary as you think. You might even get to like it!"
hARMED feedback

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