Graphic novels

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We have created two graphic novels related to youth wellbeing. Both have been illustrated by Ant Sang, the illustrator for the popular 90’s television programme Bro’ Town.

The storylines for both graphic novels were developed by groups of young people and rangatahi.

The first, A Choice, is a story about help seeking.  The second, A Change, tells the story of Ash, a young person who struggles with non-suicidal self-injury and the barriers for seeking help. A free pdf copies are available: download A Choice and A Change.

Information pamphlets

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Currently we have developed a factsheet titled What is Self-Injury? which provides basic information on what non-suicidal self-injury is (and what it is not), and provides information on why some individuals may choose to engage in this behaviour.  Our second factsheet, titled What to do if Your Child is Self-Injuring, provides information on how whānau can support a young person who is engaging in self-injury. You can access a digital copy of these factsheets below.

What is self-injury?

What to do if your child is self-injuring

Tūmanako: A short film created by young mothers

Tūmanako was created by a rōpū of young mothers at He Huarahi Tamariki (Teen Parent Unit) as a message of hope and support for other young mothers. The film explores some of the challenges that the young mothers have faced and the strategies they’ve used—both successful and non-successful—to deal with these challenges.  The film was facilitated by team Catherine Pihema and created in association with Falkirk Films.

Responding to Non-Suicidal Self-Injury in Schools

Several of our research team are part of the International Consortium on Self-Injury in Educational Settings (ICSES) and have worked to develop a list of evidence-informed recommendations for responding to self-injury in schools.  This list contains recommendations for mental health professionals, teaching staff, and senior leadership regarding general polices, treatment, and supporting students and families. You can download the pdf  here.

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Additionally, this group has created infographics on a number of different topics related to self-injury which you can access below:

Talking to individuals about self-injury

Talking to students about self-injury

Summary of results from our longitudinal survey

Each year we provide summaries of the research findings so far, and send these to parents and whānau, and young people, who have indicated that they would like a copy of the results. These summaries are provided below:

Wave One

Summary for parents

Summary for young people

Summary for rangatahi Māori

Wave Two

Summary for parents

Summary for young people

Summary for Pacifika young people and families

Wave Three

Summary for parents

Summary for young people

Wave Four

Under development, check back soon.

Additional Resources

The following websites also have resources for young people who self-injure, friends, whānau and mental health professionals:

Self-Injury: Simple Answers to Complex Questions

The Cornell Research Program on Self-Injury and Recovery

Self-Injury Outreach and Support

New Zealand Mental Health Foundation

International Consortium on Self-Injury in Educational Settings

Resource Development

Over the course of our research we aim to to develop more freely available factsheets and online resources. Please email us at if you have suggestions for future resources.

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