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.

Coping and Recovery

Coping and Recovery

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It is not uncommon for people who self-injure to feel alone. And, it can be difficult to know what to do when you have an urge to self-injure and how to cope with difficult feelings like sadness and stress. An important part of the recovery process is learning new ways to cope. In this section of our website, we have a section where others have shared their stories as well as different ways that people can cope. These are described below.

  • Stories – If you self-injure, it is important to remember that: you are not alone (even though it may seem like you are sometimes). Here, you can read about others’ recovery stories and messages; you can even share your own or comment on others to support them.
  • Coping with Urges –  Coping with urges to self-injure can be very difficult. Here, we present a number of strategies that people who self-injure say help them cope with urges when they happen and how to resist them.
  • Coping Day to Day Many people who self-injure experience a lot of difficult emotions which can make coping hard. Here, you’ll find a number of other coping strategies that you can use on a daily basis to cope with these emotions.
  • General CopingIn addition to coping with urges and on a daily basis with a number of difficult emotions, there are also ways that people can cope more generally. Here, you present a number of different coping strategies that can help with overall wellbeing and feeling better.

Finally, we know from family, romantic partners, and friends that it can be difficult to know how to help someone you care about who self-injures. We also know that you can play an important supportive role in the recovery process. Please click here for more information about what you should know and how you can help.

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