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Project information

Rainbow Journal (for young people who self-injure)

The Rainbow Journal is a colourful resource book for young people who self-injure. It has artwork, poetry and quotes by young people and blank pages for writing about feelings, and for drawing. It has useful information about self-injury and details of other sources of help.


Charity information: Self injury Support

Self injury Support logo
  • Need


    Self-injury affects as many as 1 in 10 young people; hospital admissions for self-injury among under 25's have risen by more than 50% in the lat 5 years. The most common form is cutting, but people may also scratch, punch or burn themselves, pick their skin or pull out hair. Reasons vary. It is often to release unbearable emotional tension, which may be caused by grief, anxiety or despair, & often related to experiences like abuse, neglect, bullying, body image, school or work pressures.


    The Rainbow Journal helps young people move from self-harm to self-care and is for use on your own, or with counselling or other support.Young people who use the Rainbow Journal find it helpful:
    "..it's a very specific tool to help with my cutting. I used to just write anywhere, but this journal reminds me I'm not alone and I have help".
    "...it helped me to let out everything that is trapped inside of me".
    "...it helps me when I'm down. I come to this book instead of cutting my arms".

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To help reduce the isolation of young people who self-injure.


    » Provision of the Rainbow Journal to help young people know that there are others who self-harm and to signpost them to other sources of support.

    What success will look like

    Success will be feedback from 30 young people who have used the Rainbow Journal, saying that they feel less isolated.

    Aim 2

    To help young people to express and understand their thoughts and feelings.


    » Provision of the Rainbow Journal, with suggestions and space for young people to write about their feelings and thoughts, and to draw.

    What success will look like

    Success will be feedback from 30 young people describing how they have found the Rainbow Journal helpful in expressing their thoughts and feelings.

    Aim 3

    To help young people move from self-harm to self-care.


    » To help young people become more aware of and express their feelings, and to try suggestions to move towards self-care.

    What success will look like

    Success will be feedback from 30 young people who have reduced their self-harm and feel more able to find less harmful ways of managing difficult feelings and experiences.

  • Impact


    The provision of the Rainbow Journal will reduce the isolation and stigma surrounding self-injury and will be a helpful resource for young people themselves and for professionals, (eg teachers, counsellors, advice workers) to use to help finding less harmful ways of managing.

    We will continue to seek feedback from users to monitor success and effectiveness. We will publicise the Rainbow Journal widely to increase availability and will monitor uptake.


    There is little risk involved with the project, though sometimes young people ask for the Rainbow Journal to be sent via school or some other address as they have not told their parents about their self-injury. On these occasions the young person is usually already getting some support through their school or college.


    Donors will receive updates on the progress of the work including an evaluation report.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £4,200

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      Amount Heading Description
      £3,000 Rainbow Journal Printing 1000 Rainbow Journals
      £1,200 P&P Postage and packing costs

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Goldsmiths Company £3,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Based in central Bristol.
    Individuals can write, phone, or email to order copies of the Rainbow Journal.


    Young people around the UK, from all backgrounds, who are struggling with self-injury, will benefit from the Rainbow Journal. We send it out free of charge to under 18's who request it.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have been working successfully in the field of self-injury for over 25 years. The Rainbow Journal is a very popular and useful resource, and we are keen to continue its provision to help young people who self-injure.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    SR - Volunteer

    S deals promptly with all requests for the Rainbow Journal, and collates monitoring information and feedback.

The Rainbow Journal

The Rainbow Journal


provides free Rainbow Journals to 20 young people