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1in6.uk publishes new film and content about self harm

1in6.uk has created a film of Tanaka Mhishi who has experienced rape talking to a friend and ally about self harm as a coping strategy.

By LucyHughes · February 28, 2022

1in6.uk has released a new film about types of self harm that men use as a result of sexual abuse or assault.

It’s a conversation between two men; one is a survivor of rape and and the other isn’t, but wants to help other men who have been subjected to sexual violence and then go on to self harm.

1in6.uk has also added new content about self-harm.

There are lots of different forms of self-harming. Some people use the same one all the time, other people hurt themselves in different ways at different times. 

After someone self harms, they may feel a short-term sense of release, but the cause of the distress is unlikely to have gone away. 

Self-harm can be a way of both expressing and managing the physical and psychological pain someone is experiencing. It can also be a way of ‘feeling something’ for people when they are emotionally numb.

Even though there are always reasons underneath someone hurting themselves, it is important to know that self-harm does carry risks. Once you have started to depend on self-harm, it can take a long time to stop.

Luckily 1in6.uk offers methods and practical skills you can learn to help you live better ‘in the moment’ as well as improving your longer term wellbeing.

The participants are:

Tanaka Mhishi is a writer and performer who is a survivor of sexual violence and is on the Advisory Group which leads the delivery of 1in6.uk and has contributed to content about sleep, self harm and finding a route towards healing.

John Ryan is a stand up comedian, writer and presenter and ally to male survivors. He works for a range of health organisations using comedy to raise awareness and share information.