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Mental Health Concerns
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seeking treatment. It is important that questions about the
marks be non-threatening and emotionally neutral. Evasive
responses from those engaging in self-injury are common.
However, concern for their well-being is often what many
who self-injure most need; persistent but neutral probing
may eventually elicit honest responses.
Resources:
S.A.F.E. Alternatives, 1-800-366- 8288,
selfinjury.com
provides a thorough overview of how to find a therapist
specifically trained to treat self-injury.
The National Self-Harm Network (UK) is a key information
resource for young people who self-harm, their friends and
families, and for professionals working with them,
thesite.org/healthandwellbeing/mentalhealth/selfharm
Cornell University Research Program on Self-Injurious
Behaviors,
crpsib.com
Understanding Self-Injury—a Workbook for Adults
. Connors,
Robin and Kristy Trautmann. 1994.
Written by Janis Whitlock, Research Scientist, Cornell Family
Life Development Center