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The Need to ‘Do Something’

By Akiko Hart And here we are: yet again, the need to ‘do something’, anything, about social media and self-harm. The latest furore, borne of the tragic suicide of Molly Russell, is part of a longer tirade against social media and against self-harm, by people who don’t understand either and would take them away from […]

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Acceptance and Constraint – Contemporary Perspectives of Self-Harm on Locked Wards

By Rebecca Fish I began researching experiences of self-harm when I was working at an NHS inpatient unit for people with learning disabilities. In 2000, I embarked on an NHS funded long-term research study with my colleague, Helen Duperouzel, exploring understandings of self-harm from the perspective of care staff and the people detained in the unit. In […]

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The History of the Contagion Hypothesis

By Sarah Chaney Whenever I’ve given a talk about the history of self-harm, someone asks the question, “But what about young people on the internet?” This often follows acknowledgment that self-injury – as an act and an understanding of or attitude towards an act – is contextual and historical. Yet somehow, the questioner implies, where […]

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How Might a Social Media Crackdown on Self Harm Content Actually Work?

By Mark Brown Social media as means of ordinary people sharing, discussing and meeting others has democratised the web. Anyone can post, respond, distribute anything they want. It has broken down barriers between people and information and made it possible for anyone, anywhere to discuss or learn about anything they want. There are no editors, […]

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What Is Self-Harm, And How Do We Know It?

By Chris Millard The media coverage surrounding the tragic suicide of Molly Russell was entirely consistent with one set of understandings of what is considered ‘self-harm’ today. This idea most often focuses upon self-cutting, as exemplified in the exchange between Nick Clegg and a BBC journalist – ‘slit wrists!’ and ‘smeared blood!’ – covered in previous blogs in […]

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Can We Look At Self-Harm?

By Brigit McWade, 1st February 2019 On 28th January, news media reported on Sir Nick Clegg’s first speech as Facebook’s new global affairs chief. The BBC framed this event in the context of a rising concern around young people, social media and mental health, citing a father of a young woman who had committed suicide […]

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Seeing Self-Harm As An Embodied Social Practice

By Amy Chandler In this blog I want to reflect critically, and seriously, on the notion – currently circulating (again) following the tragic death of Molly Russell – that looking at images of self-harm on the internet might shape individual practices of self-harm, and suicide. I write this reflection holding two deeply entwined identities in […]

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