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.

Parents & Families

Resources for Parents, Caregivers, and Families


Below, you’ll find several key resources about self-injury for parents, caregivers, and families. If there are any resources you would like to see added to this list, please click here to let us know.


Cornell Research Program on Self-injury and Recovery: Website

CHEO’S What you need to know about self-harm. CHEO Website

A video with Dr. Wendy Lader (Kids in the house). Link to video

Health Talk Online – Self-harm: A Parent’s Experience. Website


Alderman, T. (2000). Helping those who hurt themselves. The Prevention Researcher, 7(4), 5-8.

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

Hollander, M. (2008). Helping teens who cut: Understanding and ending selfinjury. New York, NY: Guilford Press.

This book is helpful for parents and caregivers trying to understand self-injury in adolescents.

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 individuals who self-injure and those who know and support them.

Harvey, P. & Penzo, J. A. (2009). Parenting a child who has intense emotions: Dialectical behavior therapy skills to help your child regulate emotional outbursts & aggressive behaviours. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger Publications, Inc.

Young people who self-injure often experience intense emotions. Parenting in the midst of these intense emotions can be challenging. Although this book does not speak about self-injury specifically, parents may it find it particularly useful in understanding and responding to their child’s emotions in ways that are helpful both to the child and parent. This book may be more applicable to parents of pre-teens and young teens who self-injure, though parents of older teens and young adults may also benefit.


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