Self Injury Awareness and Resources

Self Injury Awarness and Resources

Self-harm, also known as Non-Suicidal Self-Injury (NSSI), is a complex and often misunderstood issue that affects individuals of all ages, backgrounds, and walks of life. It's a deeply personal struggle that can stem from a variety of underlying factors, including mental health conditions, trauma, and emotional distress. Despite its prevalence, self-injury is still surrounded by stigma and misconceptions. However, through education, awareness, and access to resources, we can work towards breaking down barriers and providing support for those who need it most.

Self Injury vs Self Harm - getting the terminology right

Self-harm is an umbrella term and non-suicidal self-injury NSSI is just one of many behaviors that fall under the umbrella. For example, eating disorders, reckless behavior, and psychological injury i.e. self-criticism, unintentional self-injury, etc. all fall under the self-harm umbrella. However, the intent behind self-injury (deliberate and immediate physical harm) differentiates itself from the other behaviors that fall under the self-harm umbrella.  NSSI is the clinical term that is in the DSM (what clincians use to diagnose). 

Resources for Self-Injury Support & Recovery

Support Groups: Self-Injury Recovery & Awareness (SIRA) is a nonprofit dedicated to helping people recover from self-injury through a peer-support group model.

Non-Suicidal Self-Injury (NSSI) Resources: 

  1. Self-Injury Recovery & Awareness (SIRA) 
  2. Cornell’s Self-Injury & Recovery Resources 
  3. The International Society for the Study of Self-Injury

24/7 Free Hotlines:

  1. Crisis Text Line- Text “SH” to 741-741 (Crisis Text Line) 
  2. 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline - call or text 988

Understanding Self-Injury:

Non-Suicidal Self-Injury is the deliberate, self-directed damage of body tissue without suicidal intent and for purposes not socially or culturally sanctioned. Contrary to common belief, self-injury is not a suicide attempt, but rather a maladaptive coping mechanism. It's essential to recognize that self-Injury is not a choice but rather a symptom of underlying issues that require professional intervention and support. Many individuals who engage in self-Injury may feel ashamed, embarrassed, or afraid to seek help due to fear of judgment or misunderstanding.


Discovering the "why" behind self-injury can often be a first step on the road to recovery. SIRA offers their "Layers to Discovery" which is a reflective exercise that helps a person gain clarity through prompted journal questions.

The Importance of Education:

Education plays a crucial role in dispelling myths and providing accurate information about self-Injury. By increasing awareness and understanding, we can create a more supportive and empathetic environment for those who are struggling. Educating ourselves and others about the warning signs, risk factors, and available resources is key to early intervention and prevention.

Self-Injury Awareness Day (SIAD), observed annually on March 1st, is a significant global event dedicated to raising awareness about self- -Injury and promoting understanding, empathy, and support for those affected by it.


The Importance of Community

If you are struggling with self-injury or on your journey of recovery, finding community of individuals with similar experiences can be helpful. You are not alone.  Join a free support group through SIRA.  Here are some of our favorite instagram accounts to follow:








Supporting Someone Through Recovery

Send your loved one a Recovery Kit to show your support during difficult moments.  Part of the proceeds are donated to SIRA for free support groups.



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