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In the last ten years researchers have learned a great deal about non-suicidal self-injury. Ten years ago it wasn’t really understood how common it was in schools, colleges, and in the community. The reasons for self-injury were not well understood and it was mistakenly believed to be a largely female behaviour and one that was “just for attention."

These are just a few of the misunderstandings that research over the last ten years has helped us to correct.

However, there is still so much to learn. Just to name a few...

We don’t really know why some people can stop more easily than others.

We don’t know what is the cause of people feeling they are “addicted” to self-injury.

We don’t know why some people seek help and others don’t.

Also we know very little about the experiences of the families, friends, and loved ones of those who self-injure.

So we are asking visitors to this website to consider helping us to understand and learn about these and other issues around self-injury. If you are willing to consider participating in a research project on self-injury (online) please look at the listed projects under “Self-injurers”, “Family & Friends” Or “Professionals”. You will see there a brief description of the projects (what are they studying?) and exactly what you would be asked to do and how you can participate. All listed projects have been approved by a Standard Research Ethics Board. All information is kept strictly confidential. You may contact the project coordinator(s) for more information without any commitment or agreement to participate. You may withdraw at anytime from any project.   

 

All information found on SiOS is provided for information and education purposes only. The information is not intended to substitute for the advice of a physician or mental health professional. You should always consult your doctor for specific information on personal health matters, or other relevant professionals to ensure that your own circumstances are considered.