March 1 is a day to raise awareness about self-injury and self harm “and tackling the taboos surrounding the behavour of hurting yourself to cope with stress and upset.” Orange ribbons or bracelets are often worn in honor of this day. Here are some web sites that point to further resources: Selfinjury.com and Young People and Self Harm. Check out the VOYA (www.voya.com) series, “How Can We Help?” for articles on supporting teens in the library through community partnerships and strategies. The first article in the series, Counseling Connections for Teens Through the Library, by Amy Alessio with David Fassler, M.D. should prove useful for this topic.

About Kelly Czarnecki

Kelly Czarnecki is a Teen Librarian at ImaginOn with the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library. She is a member of the YALSA blog advisory board.

2 Thoughts on “Self-Injury Awareness Day

  1. LifeSIGNS is a charity (no. 1114661) which raises awareness about self-injury, and supports people who self-injure and those who come into contact with them, including healthcare professionals.

    LifeSIGNS offers a number of free services including training, a newsletter, and their 2007 Self-Injury Awareness Booklet will be available for FREE download from March 1st! Please wisit http://www.lifesigns.org.uk to find out more about LifeSIGNS, self-injury, and what we do. We have loads of information about what you can to do raise awareness for SIAD 2007!

  2. Thank you for continuing to raise awareness of self-injury through promotion of Self-Awareness Day. As this issue comes into the mainstream, those who are struggling will have more confidence to come forward and seek the help they need. I too have struggled with self-injury and have shared elements of my road to recovery on my blog. I would love to have visitors read some of my entries and leave comments.

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