Self-harm resources and reading
Here's our list of downloadable leaflets and books about self-harm. If you've got a self-harm resource to recommend, let us know in the comments below.
Downloads about self-harm
Self injury Support
Read up on issues around self-injury on this website, using their ‘Resources’ tab.
Read up on issues relating to self-harm with a range of factsheets you can download, whether it’s for you, a friend or family member.
These factsheets provides a useful introduction to self-harm, treatment, and the relationship between self-harm and mental health issues.
Royal College of Psychiatrists
There’s lots of practical advice in the leaflet, Damage Limitation.
Check out these leaflets and posters.
Books about self-harm
Who’s hurting who?
A book based on interviews with 15 young people who talk about their experiences with the health services and why they decided to turn to self-harming in the first place.
Written by Helen Spandler (42nd Street)
Women and Self-harm
Looks at the reasons why women self-harm and the social, emotional and psychological reasons that lead to it. The book includes a wide range of resources and provides information about recovery and healing.
Written by Gerrilyn Smith, Dee Cox and Jacqui Saradjian (Women’s Press Ltd)
Secret Scars: Uncovering and Understanding the Addiction of Self-injury
What is self-injury? Why do people deliberately hurt themselves? Why can’t they stop? These are some of the questions that are looked at in this study.
Written by V.J. Turner (Hazelden Information & Educational Services)
Deliberate Self-Harm in Adolescence (Child & Adolescent Mental Health)
This book is mainly for professionals and parents of young people at risk of self-harming. It discusses the risk factors that lead to self-harm such as depression, substance abuse and antisocial behaviour.
Written by Claudine Fox and Keith Hawton (Jessica Kingsley Publishers)
When the Body Is the Target: Self-Harm, Pain, and Traumatic Attachments
Dr. Sharon K. Farber explains how addictive connections to pain and suffering develop into self-harm. It talks about the addiction surrounding the ritual of self-harm and how it can be treated.
Written by Sharon Klayman Farber (Jason Aronson)
Cutting: Understanding and Overcoming Self-Mutilation
Contains lots of information about self-harm including what it is, who does it, how it develops and how you can support someone.
Written by Steven Levenkron (W. W. Norton)
Self Harm: The Path to Recovery
What is self harm? How does it develop? What are the steps to recovery? How can I help someone who self-harms? This book draws on lots of statistics, case studies and research to demystify myths surrounding self-harm.
Written by Kate Middleton, Sara Garvie (Lion Publishing plc)
Healing the Hurt Within: Understand Self-injury and Self-harm, and Heal the Emotional Wounds
Help and guidance for family and friends about how to understand and respond to people who are self-harming.
Written by Jan Sutton (How To Books Ltd)
- If you have questions about self-harm you can use selfharmUK's Ask a question service. Or look at the questions that have already been answered.
- Share your thoughts and stories about self-harm by video, picture or words at selfharmUK.
- RecoverYourLife.com is an online community where you can get peer support for self-harm and other mental health problems.
- Chat about this subject on our Discussion Boards.
- Need help but confused where to go locally? Download our StepFinder iPhone app to find local support services quickly.
Updated on 29-Sep-2015
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