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Understanding and Responding to Self-Harm

Imprint: Profile Books
Pages: 192
Subject: Health & Wellbeing

Understanding and Responding to Self-Harm

The One Stop Guide: Practical Advice for Anybody Affected by Self-Harm

Allan House

A clear, warm, and practical guide to counter the sense of fear and isolation that surrounds self-harm.

Paperback(Preorder only)
9781788160278 (Published 6 Jun 2019)
£9.99

About the book

Many of us have self-harmed, and even more will know someone who has. But few of us may understand why, or know what to do to help ourselves, friends or family in similar situations. It can be a very isolating experience.

Understanding and Responding to Self-Harm aims to fill this gap, providing practical information and support for anyone who has an experience of self-harm.

Showing the various forms self-harm can take, the book explores the reasons behind it, and offers advice on self-management, support to others, and what services are available. Full of clear, thoughtful advice for those who may be thinking of harming themselves, or have already done so, as well as guidance for families and friends on helpful strategies and responses - and ones to avoid - this book uses evidence from research and direct experience to provide an essential resource.

About the author

Professor Allan House specialises in the overlap between physical and mental disorders, suicide and self-harm. He trained in medicine at St Bartholomew's Hospital in London, and is Professor of Liaison Psychiatry and Head of the Division of Psychological and Social Medicine at the University of Leeds. He serves on many expert committees and has co-authored several introductory texts for doctors.

Reviews

This is a must-read book for anyone who has been affected by self-harm. It distils a wealth of knowledge and understanding into a jargon-free text

- Else Guthrie, Professor of Psychological Medicine, University of Leeds

I haven't come across anything quite like this before - it's great. At its heart this is a self-help book for people who have harmed themselves but it is underpinned by a robust evidence base. ... The book will also help carers to understand, and health professionals to provide, the high-quality care that people deserve.

- Nav Kapur, Professor of Psychiatry and Population Health, University of Manchester

This is a must read book for anyone who has been affected or touched by self harm. It distills a wealth of knowledge and understanding into a jargon free text that explains: what self harm is? why people do it? how they can be helped? or how they can help themselves? The book's approach is simple but not simplistic. Complex psychological ideas are presented in ways that can be easily understood, and related directly to personal situations. Advice is given about when and where to seek help. Reading this book feels like listening to very good friend; a warm hearted friend who explains, understands and gives clear, thoughtful, authoritative and helpful advice. Psychiatrists can also learn a lot from reading this book, particularly the non-judgemental way it deals with human frailty.

- Else Guthrie, Professor of Psychological Medicine, University of Leeds

I haven't come across anything quite like this before - it's great. At its heart this is a self-help book for people who have harmed themselves but it is underpinned by a robust evidence base. The research never gets in the way though because the book is written in such an engaging and accessible style. It contains a wealth of sensible, practical advice for getting help from family, friends, and health professionals as well as what to expect from services and what to do if you don't get what you need. Professor House also covers everything from the sometimes surprising functions of self-harm, to the unhelpfulness of diagnostic labels, through to the role of social media. The quotes from service users and clinicians keep the book firmly anchored in the real world. But this isn't just a book for people who have hurt themselves. It will also help carers to understand and health professionals to provide the high quality care that people deserve.

- Nav Kapur, Professor of Psychiatry and Population Health, University of Manchester

Additional Information

Imprint: Profile Books
Pages: 192
Subject: Health & Wellbeing