SISH stands for 'self injury self help', and are a Bristol based community organisation, who for 15 years, have been running self help support groups for people who self injure. SISH is not a crisis service, and we cannot offer a phone or email support service. If you need to talk to someone now, you could call the Samaritans on 08457 90 90 90.
The original founders of the group wanted to create a safe space to talk about their self harm, and offer and receive support from each other that was non-judgemental and accepting.
The groups have run with these core principles ever since, and are one of the few self injury self help groups in the country.
SISH will always give you a warm welcome (with free tea and coffee) without any pressure to say or do anything you don’t feel comfortable with.
SISH offers a range of confidential, non judgemental, safe spaces for any individual for whom self injury is an issue. We also offer more general wellbeing activities for anyone who is interested in looking after their mental health. Facilitators of the support groups and courses are all trained and supervised to work sensitively with any issues about self injury, and often have personal experience of the issues raised.
18+ There is no upper age limit – all are welcome! There is no need to be referred into the groups. The Support Groups and Wellbeing Workshops are open to anyone, so you can just turn up if you want to. The Making Changes group will run over 6 sessions and you can self refer to sign up for this course if you think you would find it helpful.