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Make Space: a user-led collective facilitating conversations about more generous, nuanced, and caring ways to support those with experience of self-harm


Make Space was founded by Veronica Heney (IMH Research Associate), Courtney Sommer, and Bathsheba Wells-Dion in early 2020.

The mission of the collective is to re-imagine the fundamental assumptions upon which care for self-harm is based. They do so through workshops, peer-led spaces, and developing research and resources.

The team is supported by an incredible network of survivors, facilitators, organisations, and user-led groups.

Peer-led spaces

Make Space facilitates opportunities for people with experience of self-harm to come together and share their feelings, experiences, and histories. Often our spaces are grouped around a theme or particular activity.

Learn together

People often struggle to feel confident supporting those who self-harm. Despite our best intentions we don’t always know how to respond in ways which are caring and careful. Make Space support people to respond to self-harm with more compassion, patience, and confidence.

Research and Resources

Make Space create resources and conduct research promoting more generous and courageous responses to self-harm. Their work is inspired by survivor-led research and Mad Studies.

Find out more about Make Space values and activities at 


Encouraging writers to present an accurate view of self-harm

Make Space have created new resources designed to help writers and Healthcare professionals to present an accurate view of people at risk of self-harm. These resources were created collaboratively with people with experience of self-harm.

A couple holding hands in a comforting way

Find out about Make Space outputs and activities including 'A Space for Self-Harm Zine'

Make Space run workshops, peer-led spaces, and develop research and resources. The zine brings together poetry, artwork, and reflective writing created by people with experience of self-harm for people with experience of self-harm.

Front cover image with text 'A Space for Self-Harm'