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 Support Service 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. 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 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: 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: We are running small groups throughout 2024 to provide information and a safe space for people supporting someone who self-harms.

The programme for each group:

  • Session 1: Information on what self-harm is, who self-harms, why people self-harm, and how to support someone.
  • Session 2: How to support someone continued, communication, harm reduction and strategies for support.
  • Session 3: Resources, looking after yourself, and how to manage feelings of guilt and shame.
  • Session 4: 5 weeks after the third session, the group will be invited to attend a follow-up session to discuss their learning and experience of the group.
February 2024
Session 1 In-Person Tuesday 13th February 18:45-20:15
Session 2 In-Person Tuesday 20th February 18:45-20:15
Session 3 In-Person Tuesday 27th February 18:45-20:15
April 2024
February Session 4 Follow-up Online Teams Tuesday 2nd April 18:30-19:45
Session 1 Online Teams Tuesday 9th April 18:45-20:15
Session 2 Online Teams Tuesday 16th April 18:45-20:15
Session 3 Online Teams Tuesday 23rd April 18:45-20:15
June 2024
April Session 4 Follow-up Online Teams Tuesday 4th June 18:30-19:45
Session 1 In-Person Tuesday 11th June 18:45-20:15
Session 2 In-Person Tuesday 18th June 18:45-20:15
Session 3 In-Person Tuesday 25th June 18:45-20:15
August 2024
June Session 4 Follow-up Online Teams Tuesday 6th August 18:30-19:45
Session 1 Online Teams Tuesday 13th August 18:45-20:15
Session 2 Online Teams Tuesday 20th August 18:45-20:15
Session 3 Online Teams Tuesday 27th August 18:45-20:15
October 2024
August Session 4 Follow-up Online Teams Tuesday 1st October 18:30-19:45
Session 1 In-Person Tuesday 8th October 18:45-20:15
Session 2 In-Person Tuesday 15th October 18:45-20:15
Session 3 In-Person Tuesday 22nd October 18:45-20:15
December 2024
October Session 4 Follow-up Online Teams Tuesday 3rd December 18:30-19:45

In-person sessions are held at our office: 5 Leamington Terrace, Edinburgh, EH10 4JW.

  • Please email Localityteam.edinburgh@penumbra.org.uk to book on 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

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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