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Echo, a Brighter Futures service available to those aged 18 years and over, offers mutual support to people who have experienced self-harm. The Echo team will be at Hanley Indoor Market on Wednesday 30th September between 10am - 1pm to offer information and raise awareness about this free service.
Echo allows those who have experienced self-harm to talk in confidence to other people who understand how they are feeling. The support is offered in different ways depending on the individual, whether that is in a group setting, one to one, or through workshops teaching new ways to cope.
Self-harm refers to acts that involve inflicting injury on your own body. Although the most common injury associated to self-harm is cutting, there are many other ways someone can self-harm, such as through an eating disorder, alcohol abuse and drug taking. People may do these acts to release anger, as a coping mechanism or as a focus away from emotional pain.
Scheme Manager, Sharon Godwin, says: ‘The team at Echo are keen to reach out to people who may need their services. Echo is able to offer a positive and supportive environment so that people can talk comfortably and gain a greater awareness of different coping mechanisms.’
Members of the public who want to find out more about Echo can visit the team on Wednesday 30th September between 10am - 1pm at Hanley Indoor Market. Anyone who is concerned about their own or someone else’s self-harm can contact Echo on 07500 444116 or visit the Brighter Futures website www.brighter-futures.org.uk
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