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People self-harm for various reasons:  for some it is a coping strategy, for others it may be fuelled by a desire to experiment and for a proportion of people.  The reasons are quite complex.

If you would like to talk about this, you are welcome to come to ( to talk to one of our Advisers or Counsellors, perhaps just for some initial advice or if you feel you want to take things further.  You can drop in to make an appointment either at The ASC (The Advice and Support Centre) at 79 North Street, or our offices at Eden Court on The Scores.   Alternatively, you can:-

Phone: 01334 462020


Book an appointment with a Support Adviser via our Online Booking System



You may find the following e-books helpful:-

Coping : the psychology of what works

Healing the hurt within : understand self-injury and self harm,and heal the emotional wounds

How to be your own therapist: a step-by-step guide and self-harm and heal the emotional wounds

Life after self-harm : a guide to the future

(Please note:- Whilst Student Services has obtained permission to provide these links, we cannot accept responsibility for their content.)


Useful Websites


Useful App to download from

(Calm Harm provides tasks that help you resist or manage the urge to self-harm. You can add your own tasks too and it’s completely private and password protected.)





Advice and Support Centre
79 North Street
St Andrews
KY16 9AL
Scotland, United Kingdom

Tel: 01334 462020
Fax:01334 461716


Student services

Eden Court
The Scores
St Andrews
KY16 9AS
Scotland, United Kingdom

Tel: 01334 462720
Fax:01334 464007

Eden Court location map

  • Book an Appointment online