The stigmatization of self-injury remains common. Such stigma makes it difficult for people to reach out about their experience, even when they may want support. Further, many people who do not have lived experience, but who are concerned about someone who does, want to offer support but are unsure about how to navigate this. The application of a person-centered approach when discussing self-injury can be used to foster more appropriate discussions, which will leave individuals with lived experience feeling more understood and validated.
Starting a supportive dialogue with a loved one who self-injures can make a big difference in their journey to recovery. For tips on starting this conversation, read our infographic adapted from Understanding Self-Injury by Stephen P. Lewis and Penelope A. Hasking.