Introduction to Educators and Self-Injury

Nonsuicidal self-injury (NSSI) is a phenomenon that impacts up to 12-25% of today’s students, often beginning around the ages of 13 to 15, but sometimes starting as early as elementary school.* With numbers like these, it is likely that most educators will encounter a minimum of one case during their careers. This website has been developed as a resource for educators. It provides information in a brief format regarding how to recognize, understand, and respond to self-injury.

Educators requiring more extensive information are encouraged to use the links to books, websites, journal articles, and resources throughout the website.

*The on this website is derived from a review of literature conducted by the author in 2010, the School Psychology Forum, Research in Practice: Nonsuicidal Self-Injury Volume 7, Issue 4 Winter 2013, and ongoing literature reviews conducted by the author.