Edinburgh Self Harm Project (Penumbra)

Penumbra’s Self Harm Project offers a safe and confidential space to explore issues around self harm and identify coping strategies. There is also support for parents, carers, and friends of people who self harm.

The Project offers support and respect, to enable people to cope with crisis, and develop the skills and confidence to make positive life choices. It is a community outreach project that aims to provide a safe and non-judgmental environment to help people explore their feelings and worries in confidence. The Project tries to respond to any difficulties that people are experiencing in a safe and supportive way.

The project provides:

  • One to one support with a trained project worker
  • Support groups to develop individual skills and confidence, and to share experiences with peers
  • Information and support for parents, professionals, carers and friends
  • Social activities to promote recovery and wellbeing

Parents and Carers Support.

The project also offers free 1 to 1 support sessions for parents and carers. This service is for any parent, carer or friend of someone who would like support with the issues surrounding suicide and self-harm.

Penumbra also provide information, advice and support to professionals, including free awareness raising information sessions about self harm.


Skin Camouflage Clinic

Formed in partnership with Changing Faces – the UK charity that supports, represents and campaigns for people who have disfigurements of the face or body – Penumbra’s Camouflage Clinic is a new service offering support to people seeking to mask scars or other marks caused by self-harming.

Service Categories


Intended Client Groups:

  • Carers
  • People Experiencing Mental Health Difficulties
  • Other
    • Those dealing with self harm


This service is available to residents of all parts of Edinburgh

Applicants for this service should also meet this condition:

To access this service you must be over Aged 16 or over, living in Edinburgh and experiencing self-harm.

For the Carers Support Group, you should be a carer of a young person under 25.


Self Referral

This service accepts direct self referrals.

Agency Referral

Teachers, Health & Social Care, G.P., Community Psychiatric Nurse, Consultants

By Appointment

This service is available by appointment only.

Contact Info. & Service Address

Edinburgh Self-Harm Project
5 Leamington Terrace
EH10 4JW

Office Hours

Monday - Thursday 9:00am - 5:00pm, Friday 9:00am - 4:00pm PARENTS AND CARERS GROUP meets from 6.00pm - 8.00 pm on certain Monday evenings. Please phone 0131 229 6262 for dates

Service Hours

-Varied, please contact for more information.-

Facilities & Access

This service has the following facilities:

  • Public Parking
    Car parking close by
  • Translation Service
  • This service is not accessible to wheelchair users.
  • Creche facilities are not available at this location.


Public Transport Information

Any Lothian or First Bus Service which goes to Lothian Road. The bus stop is at the clock at Usher Hall, opposite the Sheraton Hotel

Lothian Buses Site for routes and timetables.

Provider's Name: Penumbra

Type: Charity/Voluntary

Penumbra is a leading Scotish charity working in the field of mental health.  They provide an extensive range of person-centred and recovery focused support services for adults and young people. They also campaign to raise awareness of mental health issues and reduce the social stigma attached to them. The Penumbra Edinburgh Area has five support teams providing both supported accommodation and support in peoples own homes, a self harm project and the Edinburgh Crisis Centre.

Services run by this provider

Office Hours

Monday – Thursday 9:00am – 5:00pm, Friday 9:00am – 4:00pm

PARENTS AND CARERS GROUP meets from 6.00pm – 8.00 pm on certain Monday evenings. Please phone 0131 229 6262 for dates

Service Hours

Varied, please contact for more information.

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