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.

If you self-injure

Resources for those who self-injure:

Below, you’ll find some books that many who self-injure say are very helpful. If there are any books or other types of resources you would like to see added to this list, please click here to let us know.

The following websites provide excellent resources, information, and support for those who struggle with self-injury.

To Write Love On Her Arms: TWLOHA Website

Cornell Research Program on Self-injury and Recovery: Website

Recover Your Life: RYL Website

Safe Alternatives (SAFE): SAFE Website

Help Guide: Help Guide Website

The following books can be found at most major books stores and websites.

Gratz, K. L., & Chapman, A. L. (2009). Freedom from self-harm: Overcoming self-injury with skills from DBT and other treatments. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger Publications.

This is a book for people who self-injure to support them in their efforts to stop self-injuring. It is also useful for those working with individuals who self-injure as a guide.

Schmidt, U., & Davidson, K. (2004). Life after self-harm: A guide to the future. New York: Brunner-Routledge.

This is a good simple guide for those who self-injure to walk them through how to stop. Can be used by professionals working with youth who self-injure as a guide/workbook.

Conterio, K., Lader, W., & Bloom, J. K. (1998). Bodily Harm: The Breakthrough Healing Program for Self-Injurers. New York: Hyperion Inc.

This classic book by some leading clinicians in self-injury describes important elements in a program for healing for those who self-injure. Helpful for both professionals and individuals who self-injure.


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