Welcome to Battle Scars. We are a small, dedicated, 100% survivor-led and run charity offering local, regional, national as well as international support around self-harm (click herefor our definition).
Self-harm is far more widespread and complex than most people think. It's also mostly hidden and often judged due to the stigma attached to it. Our aim is to break down this stigma, raise awareness, dispel the myths and support those affected by self-harm irrelevant of gender, age, background and location.
Our face-to-face services in Leeds and Wakefield are still on hold but we are hoping to restart them (as well as some new ones) in the autumn. During the pandemic we have offered various virtual services. All these UK-wide services will continue being on offer as they are allowing us to reach people we could not have reached before.
We help those who struggle with self-harm by running easy-to-access peer support groups, with a similar group for their families. Our worldwide, all-ages Facebook group offers around-the-clock peer support for anybody needing help or wishing to celebrate their achievements. Our training for professionals on self-harm or eating disorders is available on set dates or for private delivery. We are currently developing services for children and young people.