By Draco Malfoy,
“LifeSIGNS (Self-Injury Guidance & Network Support) is an online, user-led voluntary organisation, founded in 2002 to raise awareness about self-injury and provide information and support to people of all ages affected by self-injury. We recognise self-injury and self-harm as a way of coping with distressing experiences and difficult emotions, and we encourage people to reflect on the issues behind their self-injury, and to develop and explore alternative coping mechanisms.
“LifeSIGNS (previously known as ‘FirstSigns’) is managed and led by people with personal experience of self-injury, and we are non-judgemental, non-directional, and respectful of our members’ and visitors’ life experiences and perceptions. The LifeSIGNS website is the centre of our vibrant community, and provides access to all of our services.
“We aim to support all people who are affected in anyway by self-injury within the United Kingdom and beyond. We support people using self-injury, family and friends of people who self-injure, and professionals (including health care workers) who are interested in self-injury.”They are available on Twitter, Tumblr and Facebook, and provide a safe, vibrant online Support Forum. They speak at conferences, lead seminars and train organizations and groups across the UK, and promote Self-Injury Awareness Day (1st March) throughout February.—Mobile website: http://www.lifesigns.org.uk/mobile/[/embed]