Edinburgh Self-Harm Support Service (Penumbra)

Availability : Edinburgh Wide

Provided by: Penumbra

Who is this for?

  • People aged 16 years old and over and who self-harm


The Edinburgh Self Harm Project aims to provide people who self harm with a safe and non-judgmental environment in which they can explore their feelings and concerns in confidence in a person-centred way.

The project offers a flexible service that generally consists of one weekly session lasting an hour. This support can be increased or decreased to suit your needs. The service offers:

  • one-to-one support
  • group workshops related to mental health and wellbeing
  • parent/carer support
  • a skin camouflage service
  • training and awareness raising sessions related to self-harm.

This service allows you to:

  • be listened to and not judged
  • be treated with respect
  • be given the time and space to discuss issues at their own pace
  • receive support to explore skill development
  • explore tools to support you to self-manage

One-to-one trauma informed Self-harm support, including support for people experiencing suicidal ideation: is offered by staff, some of whom are peer workers. The peer support approach is based on the principle that having had significant challenges in their own lives, peer workers are uniquely qualified to support others.

Self-harm Information, advice and support for parents, carers, family and friends: the focus is to gain a better understanding of self harm, and to provide guidance, tips, and advice on how to support a loved one.

The Skin Camouflage service: is available for people living with scarring, as a result of self-harm, that effects their appearance and confidence. There are a range of products which may help to reduce the appearance of scarring. These products are topical and fully removable. Our service is here to help people gain self-confidence and independence. Your GP will be recommended the camouflage creams on prescription. Session are held at 4 Smith’s Place. 

Self-harm training and awareness sessions for carers and health and social care professionals via telephone and video call: focus on understanding what self-harm is, tackling self-harm myths, understanding who self harms and why, provide guidance on how best to support someone who uses self-harm, and tools and techniques that may be helpful in support.

Parent/Carer/Friend Self-Harm Support Group: Providing a space for those impacted by a family member or friend who self-harms. This group will give the opportunity to meet others who are going through a similar experience to help reduce isolation with this issue and to share and learn ways to cope and support. There will be learning elements about what self-harm is and open space for group members to discuss and share with others.

These sessions will be held the first Monday of each month: Monday 2nd October, Monday 6th November & Monday 4th December.

Session are held at our office: 5 Leamington Terrace, Edinburgh, EH10 4JW from 1300-1500.

  • Please email Localityteam.edinburgh@penumbra.org.uk if attending or seeking additional information.

How do I access this?

  • Self referral
  • Referral by third party
  • Service is appointment only

Is there a cost?


Location information

  • If you have accessibility needs, an appointment can be carried out in an accessible building
  • Public/private parking available; specific to location
  • Wheelchair access

Opening times

Monday09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday09:00 - 17:00
Thursday09:00 - 17:00
Friday09:00 - 17:00


Penumbra leaflet 2021
(384.98 KB pdf)

Types of support on offer:

Information and advice
Support from someone with similar experience
Support in person
Support on the phone
Support with others

Type of services on offer:

Complex needs
Eating disorders
Long term conditions/disabilities
Low mood
Relationships and Family Life
Self confidence
Self harm
Substance use

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