Understanding self injury, wound care and treatment options

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If you've read the guidelines, you will know that this forum is focused on recovery and understanding the reasons behind self harm.


While we prefer to concentrate on the underlying urges that feed this behaviour and in finding alternatives, we recognise that many of our members still need detailed assistance in figuring out their own circumstances and options.  This includes what to do with (1) basic wound care, (2) judging whether or not to go to an ER or seek medical assistance, and (3) how to start the road to recovery and understand what's going on.


The links below have been vetted by our mod team, and each contains compassionate and practical information which we hope you will find helpful. We encourage you to read through them, and post on the forum itself if you still have questions.


A guide for those who self injure (excellent article with links which speak about reasons for self injury, treatment and recovery)


Self injury help, support and treatment (another excellent and up-to-date article which speaks about myths, facts and understanding)


Caring for self harm wounds (detailed information on caring for injuries)


Self injury treatment checklist (for use if you have to go the ER and don't feel able to speak in detail about your situation)



The SI Mods

Edited by MiaB

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