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.

Info Guides

Last updated: September 20, 2017

Information Guides


An important part of addressing self-injury is learning more about it.  To learn more, simply scroll over “Learn” in our menu bar or click on one of the links provided. We have information for:

You can also use these to help others learn about self-injury. On each page, we provide a printable PDF version of each of these sheets.

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Key points

14-24% of youth and young adults have self-injured at least once. One quarter of these have done it many times.

Most people who self-injure say they do it to feel better, to express their pain and/or to stop feeling numb.

Professionals and the general public to mistakenly think of self-injury as a “female” behaviour

Non-suicidal self-injury is not a suicide attempt because it is done as an effort to feel better, not to end life.

You cannot force someone to stop self-injuring; with support, many will choose to stop.

Self-Injury in Youth Self-Injury in Youth
Janis Whitlock, director of the Cornell Research Program on Self-Injurious Behavior in Adolescents and Young Adults, discusses the disturbing phenomenon of self injury; what it is, why people do it and why studying it is so important.
General Information Guide General Information Guide


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