G2SI: Self Injury and Body Modification

I have a number of piercings and tattoos, although nothing very wild, and I also self harm. I have heard others ask, fairly frequently, whether the piercings and tattoos are other forms of self injury for me, and whether they are for others. Obviously I can only really speak for myself, but I believe that, […]

Reasons Not To Hurt Yourself

I’m reposting this from Cheryl Rainfield’s blog, I encourage you to check it out! Reasons Not To Hurt Yourself by Cheryl Rainfield, 2011 Because you do not deserve to be hurt, not by anyone, not even yourself; Because you deserve the same compassion, kindness, and love that everyone else does, and that you would give […]

G2SI: Myths

Many myths have a kernel of truth within them, and this is as true of self injury myths as it is of others. I have read, over the years, many webpages talking about these, but I have come to believe there is some truth in them. The most commonly trotted out myths are: Self injury […]

G2SI: Alternatives

I thought it might be helpful to list some alternatives to self injury, things that might help if you are getting the desire to do it, but are trying not to. Talk to a friend, parent, or helpline. Sometimes talking it through, or talking about something for a time can help you past the worst of […]

G2SI: For Loved Ones

When I started self injuring, I didn’t know what to say to anyone. I knew I was feeling absolutely awful, that my mind was churning up with horrible thoughts and feelings, but I didn’t know how to ask for help. It was the self injury that propelled me to a doctor, but it was some […]

G2SI: Why Do People Self Injure?

Reading through the books I own on self injury I can see that there are many reasons given as to why we hurt ourselves. One thing that is consistent is that self injury is thoroughly entangled with our emotions. Many self injurers suppress emotion and perhaps come from backgrounds where emotion is not to be […]

G2SI: Camouflage & Scar Reduction Links

I have not been offered any NHS help for my scars, but apparently there are NHS treatments available, although anecdotally they can be hard to persuade your GP to send you off for. Scar Treatment from the NHS website gives some indications of what can be done for scars. These include steroid injections, silicon gel […]

G2SI: My Story

I had a mostly happy childhood, where nothing especially bad ever happened to me. I didn’t show any particular signs of mental illness as a child, and the only blot on the landscape of my life was a terrible shyness which hit me at puberty. The first time I self harmed was when I was […]

G2SI: General Self Injury Books

I have here only included books I actually own. There are many books on self injury, and I will add more as and when. Links on the book title take you to Amazon UK where, if you buy the book, I will receive a small sum. “The Language of Injury: Comprehending Self-Mutilation” Gloria Babiker & […]

G2SI: Christian Self Injury Books

There are a small number of Christian books about self injury, mainly personal accounts, and I have been trying to collect them for some time. These books listed are ones I own – but I will be adding more shortly. Links on the book title take you to Amazon UK where, if you buy the […]