FAQ

What if none of this helps me?

We’re firm believers that what works for one person won’t work for everyone. We’ve tried to pull together a whole bunch of different experiences and coping techniques from people that have been in touch with us, but there are still loads of other ideas out there that we haven’t come across yet.

Keep on trying new things until you find what works for you. Just remember, it doesn’t always have to be something hugely creative and wild – it could be something simple you already do, or used to do, to make you feel happier.

The other thing to remember is that if you’re dealing with self-harm issues, you’ve got to be ready and willing to stop – Heads Above The Waves can’t force you to stop, neither can your friends or family. What we can do is support you and inform you of more positive alternatives, to help you reach that important decision for yourself.

How can I get involved?

There are all sorts of ways to help us out! The best things you can do are pick up some merch from our store and shout about us on social media.

Tag us on Facebook: Heads Above The Waves
Tweet us: @HATW_Uk
Tag us on Instagram: @headsabovethewaves

If you’d like to sign up to be one of our volunteers for various events and campaigns, then head over to our volunteers page, give us your details, and we’ll be in touch!

We always appreciate people raising money to help keep us running – find out more about how to get involved on our fundraising page.

Are you a charity?

Right now, no we’re not a registered charity. We’re a Community Interest Company, registered in England and Wales with company number 9534155.

Basically, it means we’re a legal company but that all the money we make goes towards helping the community, rather than us keeping any profit. If you’re interested in finding out more about us, read our About Us page.

Why do you need money?

While we don’t take a profit, we still need to make a living, so that we can keep on doing what we do. We apply for grants from larger charities and organisations to help us create our content and literature, but we still need help from people like you to keep putting our time and effort into something so important.

For a full breakdown of where the money goes in Heads Above The Waves, take a look at Where Your Money Goes.

Will you stop me self-harming?

With everything we do – from our online content to our workshops in person – we always believe that you’re the only one able to make the decision to stop self-harming. We’re not here to make you do anything. We simply present you with the fact that there are more positive ways of coping with what life throws at you, and that other people have come through the other side of where you are now.

We’re also not a helpline or support service ourselves – we can point you in the direction of the awesome companies that can be there when you need them.

You’re the only one who can reach the decision that you’re ready to stop self-harming. Don’t beat yourself up if you relapse, or if it takes time to get to where you want to be.

Can I come along to a workshop?

Unfortunately at the moment, we’re only able to offer workshops to the students in schools we’re working with. If you’d like us to deliver a set of workshops to your school, then please contact us.

Due to the nature of our work, and our child safety policy, we don’t allow people to sit in and observe our sessions running.