Decrease Text SizeIncrease Text SizeFacebookTwitterYoutubeInstagramLinkedIn


Resources – Self-Injury

Kaitlin Atkinson Family Resource Library

CHEO                                                                             Printer Friendly Version
401 Smyth Rd., Ottawa, ON K1H 8L1
Follow us @CHEOfrl

Resource List

Web Sites


Local Contacts

Resource List

Bleeding to ease the pain: cutting, self-injury, and the adolescent search for self / Plante, Lori G. -- Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2010.
This book features the stories of self-injurers and helps readers understand this troubling trend, the meaning of the injuries, and how to help teens with their struggles. The author explains in clear detail how cutters and the adults who love them can heal the pain and stop self-injury.
FAM RC 552 .S4 2010

Cover up: understanding self-harm / Freeman, Joan. -- Dublin: Veritas, 2010.
A guide for parents, teachers, therapists or anyone who lives with, supports or provides therapy for people who self-harm.
FAM RC 552 .S4 F74 2010

Cutting: understanding and overcoming self-mutilation / Levenkron, Steven – New York: Norton, 1998.
Gives insight to those who don't understand what self-mutilation is. Comprehensive. Geared towards those who are witness rather than those going through it.
FAM RC 552 .S4 L48

Cutting it out: a journey through psychotherapy and self-harm / Smith, Carolyn – London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2006.
Explores what drives someone to harm themselves and the struggles encountered in the therapeutic process. Appeals to therapists, cousellors, people who self-harm, as well as their families and friends.
FAM RC 552 .S4 S63 2006

Freedom from self-harm: overcoming self-injury with skills from DBT and other treatments / Gratz, Kim L.; Chapman, Alexander L. -- Oakland, CA: New Harbinger Publication, 2009.
This complete guide to stopping self-injury gives you the facts about self-harm, corrects common myths about this behavior, and provides self-soothing techniques you can begin using right away for regulating difficult or overwhelming emotions.  This book also includes self-assessment worksheets, guidance for seeking professional help, and information about the most effective therapies and medications.  Drawn from treatments such as dialectical behavior therapy and acceptance and commitment therapy, the tools in this book can help you cope with your emotions whenever you feel the urge to self-harm.
FAM RC 552 .S4 G72 2009

The hair pulling "habit": how to solve the trichotillomania puzzle / Golomb, Ruth Goldfinger. -- Silver Springs, MD: Writers' Cooperative of Greater Washington, 2000.
A guide for kids and teens, parents and therapists about trichotillomania, a treatment plan and powerful strategies to help people resist the urge to pull their hair.
FAM RC 569.5 .H34 G65 2000

Helping teens who cut: understanding and ending self-injury / Hollander, Michael -- New York: The Guilford Press, 2008.
This book demonstrates how to talk to your teen about cutting without making it worse, and explains exactly what to look for in a therapist or treatment program. The author provides concrete ways to help your son or daughter cope with extreme emotions without resorting to self-injury. You’ll also learn practical communication and problem-solving skills that can reduce family stress, making it easier to care for yourself and your teen during the recovery process. 
FAM RC 552 .S44 H635 2008

Life after self-harm: a guide to the future / Schmidt, Ulrike – Hove, East Sussex: Brunner-Routledge, 2004.
This book is written for individuals who have harmed themselves. It is based on a program that has been used and tested by professionals. It includes many case histories.  Appropriate for adolescents and adults.
FAM RC 552 .S45 S35 2004

The parent's guide to self-harm: what parents need to know / Smith, Dr. Jane. -- Oxford: Lion, 2012.
Answers are presented to parents and caregivers to help understand and cope with the young people who turn to self-harm in order to cope with the pressures of modern living.
FAM RC 552 .S4 S65 2012

Stopping the pain: a workbook for teens who cut & self-injure / Shapiro, Lawrence E. -- Oakland, CA: Instant Help Books, 2008.
There are a lot of reasons why teens hurt themselves. None of them are your fault. You can't change your past, but there is a lot you can do, right now, to make your future a place you'd like to spend some time, a place free from the pain, loneliness, and isolation of cutting. This workbook offers a way for you to make it happen. The exercises will help you explore why you self-injure and give you lots of ideas how you can stop. The book will help you learn new skills for dealing with issues in your life, reduce your stress, and reach out to others when you need to. Work through the book, or just check out the sections that speak to you the most. This is your own personal and private road map to regaining control of your life.
FAM RC 552 .S4 S52 2008

When your child is cutting: a parent's guide to helping children overcome self-injury / McVey-Noble, Merry E. – Oakland, CA: New Harbinger Publications, Inc. 2006.
Provides information and advice about why self-injury occurs and how to identify it, how to communicate effectively with your child, how to choose the best professional help and how to support the child's recovery.
FAM RC 552 .S4 M38 2006

Back to top

Web Sites

What you Need to Know About: Self Harm – From CHEO / Un adolescent qui s’automutile – CHEO

Kids Help Phone / Jeunesse j’écoute

Kids Health – Information for Kids, Teens and Parents from the Nemours Foundation

MaListeMaSanté: Une liste de ressources en santé mentale pour les francophones

Self-Injury/Cutting – The Mayo Clinic

Self-Injury - Mental Health America

Back to Top


Always There / Toujours à l’écoute
● Kids Help Phone / Jeunesse j’écoute
● Free / gratuit
● English and French / anglais et français
● Last updated March 2018 /Dernière mise-à-jour 2018 mars
● The Kids Help Phone app provides a password protected space for you to log your feelings during the day, as well as youth-submitted inspirational quotes, tips on taking care of yourself, and jokes aimed at helping you cope with stress. The Info Booth has lots of information on emotional health topics and more.  Finally, the app can also connect you directly with a Kids Help Phone counsellor over the phone, or during certain hours, Live Chat. / L’application Toujours à l’écoute offre un espace protégé par mot de passe pour recueillir tes émotions au courant de la journée, et pour accéder à des pensées inspirantes, des conseils pour prendre soin de toi et des blagues qui ont le but de t’aider à gérer le stress.  Le kiosque d’info offre beaucoup d’information sur la santé émotionnelle ainsi que d’autres sujets.  Enfin, l’application peut également te connecter directement avec un intervenant de Jeunesse J’écoute par téléphone, ou à notre service de clavardage pendant ses heures d’ouverture.
● Available from / Disponible depuis Google Play & iTunes

Calm Harm
● stem4
● Free
● English
● Last updated June 2018
● Calm Harm provides tasks to help you resist or manage the urge to self-harm.  Get started by setting your password so that it's completely private. You can personalize it if you wish, by choosing the background colour theme and deciding on whether you would like some company using a variety of friendly characters. The app then provides you with four categories of tasks to help you surf the urge. ‘Distract' helps in learning self-control; ‘Comfort' helps you care rather than harm; 'Express yourself' gets those feelings out in a different way and ‘Release' provides safe alternatives to self-injury.  There is also a ‘Breathe' category to help calm and get back in control.Calm Harm has been developed for stem4 by Dr Krause, Consultant Clinical Psychologist using the basic principles of Dialectic Behaviour Therapy (DBT). (*Please note the app is an aid in treatment but does not replace it.)
●Available from Google Play & iTunes

Back to top

Local Contacts

24/7 Crisis Line / ligne de crise 24/7: 613-260-2360
Toll-free for Eastern Ontario / Sans frais pour l'est de l'Ontario: 1-877-377-7775
Mental Health Services / Services de Santé mentale: 613-562-3004
Head Office / Siège social
2675 Queensview Drive
Ottawa, ON K2B 8K2

PLEO - Parent’s Lifelines of Eastern Ontario / PLEO - Lignes de secours de l’est de l’Ontario
855-775-7005 (Toll Free)
Our Helpline is Staffed Monday and Friday from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm / Notre linge d’aide téléphonique est disponibledu lundi au vendredi de
9h à 19h

Kid’s Help Phone / Jeunesse j’écoute

YouthNet / ReseauAdo
2305 St. Laurent Blvd. Unit 300B
Ottawa, ON K1G 4J8

Back to Top

This guide provides medical material for information purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of your physician. The information may not always apply to your individual situation.

The guide represents material available in the Family Resource Library collection at CHEO. It is not intended to be an exhaustive list. Your local public library may also be able to provide valuable information.

If you require materials in alternative formats, please contact the library at 613-737-7600 ext. 2157 or at

Last updated: July 2018
Links tested: July 2018

Take Action


 Kids Health Alliance logo

Improving access to coordinated, consistent, high-quality health care for children, youth and their families. 

Quick Links

Programs & Health Info
magnifying glass

Letter aLetter bLetter cLetter eLetter fLetter g Letter hLetter iLetter jLetter kLetter lLetter mLetter nLetter oLetter pLetter qLetter rLetter sLetter t Letter uLetter vLetter wLetter xLetter yLetter z
Zoomed image Close