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Safe with Self-Injury, Paperback / softback Book


This book is an essential resource for anyone who has a supporting role or relationship with someone who hurts themself, whether in a professional or informal context.

It is also a useful resource for people who self-injure, to help them to explore their experiences and to keep themselves safe.

Based on interviews with people who self-injure and frontline practitioners and service managers who work with them, it explores why people self-injure, debunks myths and misconceptions about self-injury, explains self-injury in the contexts of human embodiment and a social model approach to distress and illness, and offers practical strategies for responding in meaningful ways, including using creative practices and harm-reduction.

A final chapter offers guidance on how to write a harm-reduction policy for self-injury that can be used across any health, education and social services setting.

This is an essential book that promotes better understanding and thus better responses to self-injury, brought to life with the words of people with first-hand experience of self-injury, for whom it is, or has been, an important coping mechanism.The book closes with a short account of Zest, a voluntary sector organisation in Northern Ireland, whose success with people who self-injure demonstrates what the guidance in this book looks like when put into practice, and that it really does work.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 274 pages, black & white illustrations
  • Publisher: PCCS Books
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Psychotherapy
  • ISBN: 9781910919163



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