As part of a collaboration between the University of Guelph and McGill University, we are a non-profit outreach initiative providing information and resources about self-injury to those who self-injure, those who have recovered, and those who want to help.

About SiOS

SiOS Mission Statement

As part of a collaboration between McGill University and the University of Guelph, we are an international outreach organization providing current information and helpful resources about self-injury to individuals who self-injure, those who have recovered, as well as their caregivers and families, friends, teachers and the health professionals who work with them.

About us

Directed by Dr. Stephen Lewis and Dr Nancy Heath, our team consists of undergraduate and graduate students at both the University of Guelph and McGill University dedicated to developing and providing information and helpful resources about self-injury.

SiOS Co-Directors

Dr. Stephen P. Lewis Stephen P. Lewis, PhD is an Associate Professor in Clinical Psychology at the University of Guelph. His research examines the role of the Internet and social media on non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI) and ways to reach adolescents and young adults to foster resilience and wellbeing. He is an invited member of the International Society for the Study of Self-injury (ISSS). He has presented research at several national and international meetings and has conducted numerous interviews regarding self-injury for printed and online news (e.g., New York Times, Time, CNN, The Globe & Mail, USA Today), radio (e.g., BBC, CBS, The Diane Reihm Show), and television (e.g., Good Morning America, Canada AM). He is co-author of Nonsuicidal Self-injury, which is part of the Advances in Psychotherapy series by the Society of Clinical Psychology (APA Divisoin 12). He is also current President of the International Society for the Study of Self-Injury.

Dr. Nancy L. Heath Nancy L. Heath, PhD, is a James McGill Professor in the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology at McGill University. She is a professor in the Human Development and School/Applied Child Psychology programs. Dr. Heath’s research program explores resilience and adaptive functioning in youth and young adults at-risk; with her most recent work focusing on non-suicidal self-injury in the community. She is a founding member and past president of the International Society for the Study of Self-Injury (ISSS). Dr. Heath has also trained as a mindfulness based stress reduction instructor. She has presented at numerous conferences nationally and internationally, in her research area as well as doing many workshops and media presentations on both self-injury and mindfulness.

Dr. Lewis shares his self-injury story

Stephen Lewis, Co-Founder and Co-Director of SiOS recently shared his own self-injury story in a Tedx Talk. The talk took place at the 2015 Tedx GuelphU Event.

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