Self-Harm and Self-Injury

When Emotional Pain Becomes Physical

Includes Digital Resources!

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In 15-Minute Focus: Self-Harm and Self-Injury: When Emotional Pain Becomes Physical, author Dr. Leigh Bagwell offers an in-depth look at the who, what, and why of self-harm; more accurately called nonsuicidal self-injury (NSSI).

Students today face stressors on an unprecedented scale. From unstable world events to unsteady family situations, the external and internal pressures they experience can become overwhelming, and some turn to self-harm (NSSI) as a means to cope. On the outside, such behavior confuses and disturbs many people, even the teachers and parents who are closest to students. This book provides the research and perspective adults need to help kids who turn to NSSI as a means of dealing with their distress.

In this book, you’ll discover:

  • Types of NSSI behavior, including cutting, biting, hair pulling, and bruising
  • The relationship between self-harm (NSSI) and suicidal ideation
  • Signs and symptoms of NSSI beyond wounds and scars
  • Myths and truths about NSSI
  • Protocols for schools to follow when NSSI is suspected
  • How parents and schools can partner to help students in need

This book features stories from students as they explain NSSI from their experiences, giving adults an inside look into the lives of those who struggle with this behavior. Also included are online resources that counselors and teachers can utilize, including infographics, NSSI assessments, and calming behaviors for use in place of self-harm.

Written by Leigh Bagwell
Paperback ISBN 9781953945440
Grades K-12
96 pages
Release Date May 13, 2021

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National Center for Youth Issues

Dr. Leigh Bagwell most recently served as the Director of School Counseling Services at the Tennessee Department of Education. Her experience includes working as a school counselor and school counselor supervisor in both suburban and urban school districts. In addition to her work in Tennessee, Leigh has shared her experiences and knowledge with school counselors and school counseling leaders in across the country through speaking engagements and working with the American School Counselor Association. Leigh recently earned her doctorate in Counselor Education and Supervision at the University of Tennessee and is working as a school counseling consultant. Leigh has authored two books in the 15-Minute Focus series and served as an editorial consultant on several SEL children’s books.


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