FOR NONSUICIDAL SELF-INJURY
Focus Adolescence Services
This website is designed for parents and covers a wide range of mental health problems; it has a section on self- injury, information and resources can be obtained weekdays only, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern time, at 410- 341- 4216.
S.A.F.E. Alternatives (Self- Abuse Finally Ends)
S.A.F.E. Alternatives is a residential treatment program for people who engage in self- injury. The website includes information about self- injury and information about starting treatment. S.A.F.E. information hotline: 1- 800- DON’T CUT (366- 8288)
Bodily Harm: The Breakthrough Healing Program for Self- Injurers. Authors: Karen Conterio and Wendy Lader. 1999
Hyperion, New York, NY.
Written by the directors of the S.A.F.E. Alternatives program, this book is suitable for people who engage in self- injury and their families and friends. It includes case studies and diaries of people in recovery, tools for removing barriers to care, and information about the treatments suitable for self-injury.
Skin Game: A Memoir of Self-Injury. Author: Caroline Kettewell. 1999
The author, an acclaimed author and journalist, engaged in a pattern of self- injury for many years, starting in early adolescence.
Cutting: Understanding and Overcoming Self-Mutilation. Author: Steven Levenkron. 1999
This book is suitable for a range of audiences, including people who engage in self- injury, families and friends, and health professionals who wish to better understand the behavior. It explains the psychological motivations for nonsuicidal self- injury, common risk factors, and benefits of treatment.
The Calm Harm app tells us that the urge to self-harm is like a wave. It’s strongest at the beginning, but if you ride the wave, it will soon be over. Apps are no substitute for a good therapist, but people who struggle with these moments of crisis say the right app really helps. It keeps a log of when you felt the urge and what triggered it. When you want help, you tell the app whether you’d like to try five one-minute exercises or a single 15- minute session.
My Shiny Thing: This app acts as a distraction intervention, consistent with the evidence based research theory of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. It empowers those who self-injure with an individualized coping tool to help manage the urge to self harm.
Self-heal: This app has been developed in collaboration with potential users, clinicians and researchers to produce a tool that lets you take charge of your behavior. If you’re self- harming, finding anonymous support can be tough. The app gives you a randomly chosen activity to do, either now (“write words on yourself with a red marker”) or long term (“plan for the future: holidays, weekends away, job or study plans.”) There’s also a button that takes you to a library of motivational memes and cute pictures, and another for information on managing self-harm urges.
Moods: Tracking For Better Mental Health: This app is the fastest and easiest way to record your current mood, which can be critical to maintaining good mental health. This one isn’t just for self-harm, and it doesn’t help you manage your moods. It just asks you what they are. Select whether you’re feeling “good,” “okay,” or “bad,” and then tag your mood (“lethargic,” “furious,” “😡,”etc) and add a note if you like. The app compiles a report of the moods you feel most often, and it can remind you at a set time of day to log your moods.
What’s Up? A Mental Health App: This is an meant for all types of mental health crises. If you tap the “help right now” button, you can choose between a breathing exercise, a random “name 5 things” game and a “catastrophe scale” where you can evaluate what’s bothering you on a range from “everything in life is perfect” to “everything has fallen apart and it feels like it’s all your fault.” There’s also a link to forums where you can talk to others. The app utilizes some of the best CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) and ACT (Acceptance Commitment Therapy) methods to help users cope with Depression, Anxiety, Anger, Stress and more!
Disclaimer: OCCHD Wellness Now does not endorse any of the books, podcasts or Apps listed in this document. They have been reported to be helpful by members or the patients that they serve. Some of them may contain explicit language or content. Please see additional information about the Podcasts and Apps by following the hyperlink provided or by visiting iTunes. They are intended to be supplemental resources and are not meant to replace professional medical or behavioral health advice or services.