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Self-Harmers Anonymous is a fellowship of individuals who share their experience, strength, and hope with each other, that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from physical self-harm.

The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop harming oneself physically. There are no dues or fees for SHA membership.

We are self-supporting through our own contributions. SHA is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization, or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy; neither endorses nor opposes any causes. Our primary purpose is to stop harming ourselves and to help others to recover from self-harm.


We seek to separate the emotions from the act, learning healthy ways to cope with difficult, painful and overwhelming feelings. We seek to carry the message, not the mess. We seek recovery in every aspect of our lives.

Why are we here?


The philosophy of fellowship meetings is one of connection and unity. Members are all seen as equal, with everyone having a place to come to and a part to play. Groups are run by and ‘owned’ by their members and have no reliance on professionals or outside sources of support. 

This meeting was started to break a silence. Addiction recovery fellowships are found in every corner of the world. But hidden in most of these meetings we find a person with scars and without the words to explain them, without a safe space to share them and without the knowledge that they can recover.

 We are here to find the words, share the space, learn from each other and build the courage for recovery. 

No one here is a professional. No one here is immune to triggers and pain. But no one here is beyond help.


If you have found your way to this site, trust that you are in the right place, allow yourself to feel safe and put down the [sha]me.

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