Edinburgh Self Harm Project (Penumbra)

Availability : Edinburgh Wide

Who is this for?

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

Who provides this?

  • Penumbra


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 support 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.

One-off meetings are available for people supporting a loved one who self harms. 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 is you are living with scarring and it is affecting your confidence. Specialist camouflage products can offer a way to cope, and a trained practitioner will meet you to provide a skin match colour, and to teach you how to apply the cremes. Your GP will be recommended the camouflage creams on prescription.

Training and awareness raising sessions 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.

How do I access this?

  • Self-referrals
  • Referrals by third parties
  • Service is appointment only

Is there a cost?


Is there a waiting list?


Location information

  • If you have accessibility needs, an appointment can be carried out in an accessible building
  • Private parking available
  • Public parking available
  • Wheelchair access

Opening times

Monday 9.00 am – 5.00 pm
Tuesday9.00 am – 5.00 pm
Wednesday9.00 am – 5.00 pm
Thursday9.00 am – 5.00 pm
Friday9.00 am – 5.00 pm


Penumbra leaflet 2021
(384.98 KB pdf)

Type of support on offer:

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


Black and minority ethnic communities
Long term conditions/disabilities
Older people
Substance use
Survivors of abuse
Young people

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