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Young People: Self-injury


PDF | EPUB | Vol. 13, No. 2 (2017)

Self-injury (also called nonsuicidal self-injury or NSSI) is not uncommon: 15-20% of youth and young adults report self-injury. However, there are a lot of misconceptions and assumptions about self-injury, which can prevent people from getting help they need and working towards recovery. In this issue of Visions, learn more about self-injury, find strategies to help you in your own recovery, see how you can support a loved one, find support and resources, and learn from others who are navigating different parts of their own recovery journeys. 


  • Editor's Message
    (Sarah Hamid-Balma)

  • Understanding Self-Injury in Young People: A clinician-researcher’s approach
    (Mary K. Nixon)

  • Nonsuicidal Self-Injury: Separating fact from fiction
    (E. David Klonsky)

Experiences and Perspectives

  • Leave Self-Harm Behind: Packing properly for your mental health journey
    (Amrita Sunner)

  • Cutting Through the Binary: Self-injury and self-acceptance from a gender-nonconforming perspective

  • Cutting Class: A mother’s perspective on self-harm 

  • From Self-Harm to Self-Care: How I came to understand the gap between self-harm and suicidal ideation
    (Kat Zettler)

  • Salvation in a Photo: Disillusionment, self-injury and recovery through a photographer’s lens 
    (Stephan Pawloski)

  • Working with Ayla: A school counsellor’s story about student self-injury and recovery
    (Nicole Paley)

Alternatives and Approaches

  • SHAREing Care: From self-harm to self-care through peer-led support
    (Anne Liao)

  • You Can’t Know If You Don’t Ask: How to assess nonsuicidal self-injury
    (Sarah E. Victor)

  • Opening the Gate to Suicide Prevention: Tell, ask, listen, keep safe
    (Dammy Damstrom-Albach)

  • Cutting Through the Urge: Overcoming self-injury
    (Stephen P. Lewis and Nancy L. Heath)


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