Welcome to The International Society for the Study of Self-Injury

We are an international collaboration of experienced clinicians, expert researchers, and passionate community members dedicated to improving the lives of individuals impacted by self-injury by fostering well being and stamping out stigma. 

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Supporting Someone who Self-Injures

A Guide from ISSS

It is not always easy to know what to say when people share potentially difficult or distressing information with us. When we care about the person, it's even harder.

To help you navigate conversations about self-injury, offer meaningful support, and take care of yourself, we put together this brief guide. It offers specific and practical advice for people supporting someone who self-injures. 

If you find this useful, please feel free to share among your networks. If there are other guides or resources you think might be helpful, let us know by contacting us here.

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After a hugely successful first year, Dr. Nicholas Westers is back with Season Two of The Psychology of Self-Injury Podcast. Each month a new guest shares their clinical, research, and lived experiences to support, enlighten, and inspire listeners. With episodes from ISSS Fellows Jennifer Muehlenkamp and Barry Walsh, ISSS Rising Star Sarah Victor, lived experience stories from Brittany, Malika, and Lexy, and many many more experts, this podcast is a must listen for anyone interested in NSSI-related research, treatment, and advocacy. 

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