Support for victims of self-harm
|Dec. 1st, 2010 @ 02:28 pm Still recruiting participants for study on self-harm|
|Oct. 24th, 2010 @ 10:31 pm Please Help Us Understand Self-harm|
Hello again from the Personality and Emotion Research Laboratory (PERL)!
Would you like to help us understand how to help people who self-harm? We are currently recruiting participants for the second phase of our research on self-harm, and we want your help! We are looking for people who have self-injured, whether you are currently trying to stop or not, to complete questionnaires every 3 months for one year to understand patterns of self-harm over time. Participating in the study takes 2 hours, and you will receive an online gift certificate worth $5 CAD for each time point you complete, plus a chance for a $25 bonus if you complete all the follow-ups over one year for a total of $50.
If you are interested in participating, please email us at email@example.com. All your information will be kept confidential, and no identifying information is linked to your responses.
Self-injury (sometimes called “self-harm”) involves harming yourself on purpose. Some examples include cutting or burning yourself, taking an overdose of pills, or banging your head. Right now, very little is known about why people start or stop self-harming. The Personality and Emotion Research Lab (PERL), a research team from Simon Fraser University in Canada, is conducting a study to learn more about the experiences of people who self-harm, and we want your help! We are interested in how emotions, life experiences, stress and coping styles affect self-harm. We hope that this research will help other people understand more about why people self-harm and what they can do to help.
What you can do:
If you want to participate in this study, you will fill out online questionnaires on self-harm, emotions, coping, symptoms, and life events. These questionnaires will take approximately 2 hour to complete. Later, you’ll have a chance to complete follow-up questionnaires over a 12 month period. Although the first session is long, the follow-up questionnaires are shorter, and usually take on 30 to 90 minutes to complete.
Who can participate:
We are looking for people who currently self-harm (whether you are trying to stop or not), AND those who have self-harmed in the past and quit.You must be at least 16 years old to participate.
What’s in it for you:
Participants who complete the questionnaires will receive a $5 (Canadian currency) gift certificate each time you complete the questionnaires (from amazon.com or PayPal). In addition, you will receive a $25 bonus if you complete all five follow-ups in the first year! Telling us about your experiences will give us important information on how self-harm changes over time, and could help develop and improve treatments for people who want to stop self-harming.
This study is the second phase of this line of research, and builds on the previous study. If you have already participated in our research (in a study called “Characteristics Associated with Self-Injury”), you are still eligible to complete this study.
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in participating or if you have any questions.
Personality and Emotion Research Laboratory (PERL)
Simon Fraser University
Department of Psychology
RCB5246, 8888 University Drive
Burnaby, BC, Canada V5A 1S6
|Jul. 27th, 2010 @ 02:31 pm Please Help Researchers Understand Self-harm|
Hello again from the Personality and Emotion Research Laboratory (PERL)!
|Jul. 25th, 2010 @ 12:08 pm Volunteers Needed for a Research Study on Self Injury|
|Mar. 19th, 2010 @ 10:26 pm Howdy|
I'm new to this community and wanted to introduce myself. My name is Sarah and I am grad student in Massachusetts. I am finishing up my degree in Counseling and Psychology and am doing my thesis on Self harm and adolescents and am looking for adults who self harm or used to self harm to take my ANONYMOUS survey for my research.
I just want to say that I that came into this field originally as a high school health teacher and was inspired by one of my former students who came to me in privacy because she was cutting herself. I am currently a Crisis Coordinator at University and am really trying to shine some light on this area, because as you all know, not a lot of people can understand why people self-harm.
If you are interested in taking my anonymous survey, the link is:
Thanks so much for your help...you dont have a to create a username after you take the survey, you can just close it out.
|Dec. 20th, 2009 @ 11:21 am support site|
i have a support site you can use if you want support to try and stop cutting or any other issue you may have. it covers a lot of mental health issues and i hope to see you all on it.
if you join please post in welcome and the cutting forum, along with other forums, will open up for you.
|Nov. 26th, 2009 @ 06:20 am|
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Angela Hartlin's memoir, FOREVER MARKED: A Dermatillomania Diary has finally been released! Please join her Facebook Fan page to spread word about this skin picking disorder along with her experiences with it.
People with this disorder have traits of Body Dysmorphic Disorder and usually suffer from depression. It is an Impulse Control Disorder that is fueled by high levels of anxiety. The first few pages can be previewed at the Lulu.com site, which includes a better definition of Dermatillomania.
Even if you do not have Facebook, the prices are listed there for Canadian, American, and International buyers. If you do, please spread the word of the fan page to everyone on your friend's list, even if you have to tell them that you're spreading the word for a friend! We need to raise awareness about this silent disorder and help break the stigma on mental health in general. You never know who is suffering in isolation from having this condition.
Please e-mail forever.markedATyahoo.ca if you want to purchase from Angela directly; she offers a lower shipping price than Lulu.com does. Include the country that you live in and she can send you a quote. She ships the day she gets a payment (or the day after), then sends an e-mail to confirm that it was sent.
Thank you. <3
|Aug. 28th, 2008 @ 02:40 pm Update on my "scarification" strength tattoo|
|Aug. 23rd, 2008 @ 09:41 am New Member|
Hello! I'm a new member, but feel sure I'll be posting. I suffer from GAD and ADHD. My GAD is most likely caused by a traumatic childhood raising my brother and caring for my agoraphobic schizophrenic mother, who also happens to be an active epileptic. My younger brother, who will be 19 on September 11, is a borderline personality. I figured you guys would appreciate this. So in the spirit of tattoos my brother finally decided on the back piece he's been pondering. My brother has borderline personality disorder, and so he designed his tattoo, in his head, as an illustration of the disorder; of his personality. The dragon is fierce and aggressive. The dragon spews fire, which turn to petals, which morph into butterflies, which fly off of his back. He had the picture in his head - but is no artist. He spent a week designing it with our tattoo artist. Here is the process. It took 5 hours total, and was done in one sitting.
Under cut are pics of his tattoo, and a pic of my new tattoo - Japanese kanji: "strength" - on the same arm as my self-inflicted scars from when I was 16. On the same hand as my wedding ring. Done in white and outlined in light pink - a constantly healing scar, as strength is a process. Strength prevails.
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|Jul. 8th, 2007 @ 03:35 pm New plea|
Firstly, I would like to thank you all for the fantastic support you have offered after my last post asking for photographic models. I received messages from people offering support, willing to have their photo taken or those wishing to fill in a questionnaire. I couldn’t have expected a better response and I hope I come across as genuine when I explain how grateful I am. That gratitude is also extended to all the moderators who kindly left my posts up for people to read. Thank you.
Your support on my last project has inspired me to push my creativity further and extend the self-harm project that I began over two years ago.
This time I am hoping other people might be willing to get involved as I am opening the 'requirements' up to include many more heath issues.
Although I have not yet written my Artist statement, I am hoping to make the most of my 4/5-month holiday by getting a head start on next term’s project.
The project I worked on for my first year of my BA(Hons) Photography, at Anglia Ruskin University, was surrounding the subject Self Injury/Harm. My initial plan was to put together a book of shots of young men and women who use self-harm. I had always planned to put these, headless, images in a book. However after much deliberation I decided to hand in a miniature version of the images, kept in a box for presentation and to save the book idea for my second year.
I now have another 8 or 9 months to put together a comprehensive collection of images that not only cover the issue of self harm, but also bring in other issues that may trigger self harm or are produced as a secondary to self harm (although I realize this is very different for everyone). I intend to create images that contain men and women, of all ages, colour or sexuality, who have had or who currently are experiencing issues with, self harm, anorexia/bulimia/EDNOS, depression, binge eating, disassociation, sexual abuse/rape survivors, participation in S&M, transgender/ transexuality, scaring from incidence etc. Essentially I am hoping to capture many aspects of mental health with a specific look at how mental health affects you physically and how you feel about your body.
As part of this work, I would like to follow 3 or 4 people through treatment. This could be in-patient or out patient, mental health related treatment or physical health. For ease, it would be great if the participating people lived near Cambridge or around the south of the country, however, I would be willing to travel if needed.
The idea of lots of people modeling once, representing their own lives and stories, means I can share very small insights into a mind set or situations. However, by having the chance to follow 3 or 4 (or more if possible) people through one part of their lives, documenting the details of their stories, I have the opportunity to show people a much deeper look into life with impairments.
I hope that the work is tasteful, that it never glorifies SI or any other issues that may be raised, yet at the same time offer people who don’t understand a chance to see how it affects people. That is where your help comes in!
I may be able to explain my own relationship with self-harm and mental/physical health, I may even be able to give statistics, but unless many people get to share their stories.. We can’t expect people to just get it.
Just like last time, I am looking for people from anywhere in the UK, any age (as long as your over 16 with parental consent or over 18), and either sex. I would be willing to help out with travel costs to my home and you would be more than welcome to stay at my house with a friend of yours.
This time the compassion of the images will be slightly different, but you will always have the last word on what you are happy to do.
The models I have used so far are my close friends, people who I love and would always want to protect, as well as the wonderful people who nominated them selves. I would never exploit anyone and I will include text in the book that describes just how grateful I am for the models co-operation. All models will need to sign a model release form.
I am telling you all about the book and my hopes for the future as I would like to ask if anyone would want to take part? I want to show all aspects of self-harm and mental health issues, not just scars or tears or meds. There is so much more to it. The smiles you have to put on for those around you, the depression you feel, the guilt, the eating distress, the arguments with loved ones, I want to try and communicate that too.
I am hoping to get moving as soon as possible, so if you have some free time over the summer and fancy a trip to Cambridge, please e-mail and we can work something out!
Feel free to contact me, Indigo.Clouds.Imagery[@]Gmail[.]com