Resources for loved ones

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Books and articles

Healing Self-Injury: A Compassionate Guide for Parents and Other Loved Ones

By Janis Whitlock & Elizabeth E. Lloyd-Richardson
Oxford University Press, 2019.

“Healing Self-Injury is a must-have for parents who want to assist in their child's recovery, as well as for anyone who lives with, works with, or cares about self-injuring youth and their families.”

Available on Amazon

Can I tell you about self-harm?

By Pooky Knightsmith
Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2018.

“Meet Asher - a teenager who self-harms to manage their feelings when it all feels like too much.

This easy-to-read guide is suitable for readers 7+, along with their parents, teachers, and friends.”

Available on Amazon

Self-injury Outreach & Support

Self-Injury – A Guide For Parents & Families (Self-injury Outreach & Support)

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Self-Injury – A guide for friends (Self-injury Outreach & Support)

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Self-Injury – A guide for romantic partners (Self-injury Outreach & Support)

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Downloadable guide and web articles

Podcast episode

Parenting Youth Who Self-Injure, with Dr. Janis Whitlock (The Psychology of Self-injury)

Available on most streaming platforms!

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“Janis Whitlock, PhD, from Cornell University explains what parents and caregivers should look for if they suspect their child is engaging in self-injury. She also discusses how caregivers can effectively talk to their child about self-injury and when to seek therapy.”


Non-Suicidal Self-Injury: A Course for Parents (CRPSIR)

Cost: 40$

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“If you have discovered or suspect that your child or a child you care about is self-injuring, you are most likely (and understandably) feeling fear, coupled with a strong desire to help your child. This course is based on research and is designed to provide parents with facts and practical knowledge to move past initial reactions and move on to supporting your child, your family, and yourself.”