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.
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.
Tūmanako: A short film created by young mothers
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.
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:
Under development, check back soon.
The following websites also have resources for young people who self-injure, friends, whānau and mental health professionals:
Over the course of our research we aim to to develop more freely available factsheets and online resources. Please email us at email@example.com if you have suggestions for future resources.