Monday, June 18, 2012

Scars Resource Guide

Title: Scars
Author: Cheryl Rainfield
Pub Date: March 2010
Publisher: Westside Books
Author website:
248 pages

In the back of the book, Cheryl has listed several websites and sources for self-cutting help. She has given me permission to use her words that describe the resources. Thank you!
Also note, that this is just the tip of the iceberg for what she has collected. Check out her blog as well for additional resources:

  • Martinson, Deb. Secret Shame: Self-Injury Info & Support
    One of the best, most extensive websites on self-harm, written by someone who has self-harmed. This is the first place I'd go for information. It also has great sections for family and friends.
  • Sutton, Jan. Self-Injury and Related Issues (SIARI).
    Lots of articles, links, and resources, including a support board for people who self-harm and a support group for helpers. Jan Sutton also provides detailed articles on self-harm that are excerpted from her books (Healing the Hurt Within, Because I Hurt).
  • First Signs (Self-Injury Guidance and Network Support). Self-Injury Awareness Day (SIAD).
    Self-Injury Awareness Day is on March 1, worldwide. This site includes a list of things you can do to increase awareness about self-harm, downloadable fact sheets and posters, an e-book on self-harm, a message board, a Facebook page, an e-newsletter, and more.
  • National Self Harm Network (NSHN).
    A great resource. The forum is active and the site provides PDF downloads that explain self-harm, provide do's and don'ts for family and friends, suggest helpful distractions, and more.
  • Recover Your Life (RYL).
    Online self-harm support community that features articles, forums, chat and live help (twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week), and more.
  • Mazelis, Ruta. Healing Self Injury.
    This blog by the editor of The Cutting Edge (a newsletter on self-harm that's no longer being published) provides information and articles about self-injury and houses past issues.
  • Martinson, Deb. American Self-Harm Information Clearinghouse.
    Lots of great info, some the same as at Secret Shame, but visually easier to read.
  • Self Injury Foundation.
    This site has great information on self-harm, including a fantastic article on how crisis and hotline staff can respond in ways that are truly helpful to people who self-harm, an excellent question-and-answer section not just for people who self-harm but also for their parents, family members, and friends; and more. Self Injury Foundation is a non-profit organization. One of its goals is to obtain donations and grant money to develop a 24 hour crisis line for self-injurers.
  • Sidran Institute: Traumatic Stress Education and Advocacy.
    Good information on trauma; PTSD; abuse; and coping mechanism, including self-harm.
  • Survivorship.
    Great information and articles, and a newsletter for survivors of ritual abuse, mind control, and torture and their friends, families, and supporters.
  • S.M.A.R.T. (Stop Ritual Abuse and Mind Control Today)
    Tons of information on ritual abuse by an organization that works to stop ritual abuse and help survivors through education. The site offers online articles, a bi-monthly newsletter, an e-mail discussion list, information on annual conferences, and transcripts of the conferences. Some info on this site may be triggering.
  • Ritual Abuse, Ritual Crime and Healing.
    Info and resources for survivors, therapists, and others. This site has articles, links, and tips on what to do during flashbacks, as well as art and poetry created by survivors.
  • Persons Against Ritual Abuse-Torture.
    Lots of info, articles, and resources on ritual abuse and torture. This organization also conducts research on ritual abuse and torture, and engages in activism to help stop ritual abuse and torture. Some info on this site may be triggering.
  • Mosaic Minds.
    An online community for dissociative abuse survivors with dissociative identity disorder/multiple personality disorder (DID/MPD). Includes forums, articles, suggestions on keeping safe, and other resources.
  • Rainbow Hope.
    A forum in which lesbian sexual abuse survivors can talk and connect to each other.

  • National Youth Crisis HotLine. 1-800-448-4663
  • Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network. (RAINN) 1-800-656-HOPE
  • The Trevor Project. Crisis and suicide prevention support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth. 1-88-4-U-TREVOR
  • Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender National Help Center. 1-888-843-4564
  • Suicide Help Line 1-800-SUICIDE
  • Boys Town 1-800-448-3000 (24/7)
  • Youth American Hotline 1-800-968-8454 (24/7) 
  • S.A.F.E. Alternatives. If you have questions about self-injury, call 1-800-DONTCUT or email *This is not crisis support but they will answer questions.*

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