Founded in 2002, LifeSIGNS is an online, user-led organisation that provides information and guidance to people of all ages affected by self-injury. Recognising self-injury and self-harm as a way of coping with distressing experiences and overwhelming emotions, they encourage people to think about the issues behind their self-injury and develop alternative coping methods.

_LifeSIGNS is run by volunteers who have personal experience of self-injury. _

All the guidance they give is non-judgemental and understanding. Their website is the hub of their vibrant online community, offering fact sheets, guides, forums, and articles for people who rely on self-injury, their parents / guardians, and health care professionals.

Did you know...

• LifeSIGNS is a partial acronym, standing for Self-Injury Guidance & Network.

• Self-injury affects people of all ages and backgrounds

• In the majority of cases, self-injury is a coping mechanism, not a sign of suicidal intent

• Self-injury Awareness Day (SIAD) is recognised internationally on 1st March every year

• You don’t have to be a member to benefit – LifeSIGNS offer their services to everyone

What makes LifeSIGNS different

LifeSIGNS understand that people are at different stages in their journey, so rather than telling people to ‘stop’ self-injuring, they find that providing guidance and support when those affected choose to make a change in their life is more beneficial. Everyone at LifeSIGNS is an unpaid volunteer with personal experience of self-injury, so everything they publish is written from real-life experience.

Other ways to support

Promoting and supporting Self-injury Awareness Day (SIAD) is also really important to LifeSIGNS, as they believe that raising awareness leads to understanding and empathy, which in turn could lead to the number of people affected by self-injury and feeling alone to decrease.Also, their SIAD and ‘break the (si)lence’ wristbands and keyrings can be bought and worn to show your support.LifeSIGNS TwitterLifeSIGNS FacebookLifeSIGNS LinkedIn