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The Psychology of Self-Injury: Exploring Self-Harm & Mental Health

Nicholas J. Westers Psy.D. ABPP
Health & FitnessMental HealthSocial SciencesScience

Why do people self-injure? And what is the best way to respond when someone tells us they self-injure? Dr. Nicholas Westers, a clinical psychologist at Children's Health and Associate Professor at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, collaborates with the International Society for the Study of Self-Injury (ISSS) to interview the leading experts in the field of self-injury and self-harm as well as individuals with lived experience of self-injury and parents and family members of those who have self-injured. This podcast is meant to be a resource for parents, professionals, and people with lived experience.


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Latest Episodes

In this episode, Allison details her experience of engaging in nonsuicidal self-injury (NSSI) beginning in 9th grade and into her 20's. She explains the complex relationship she and many others have with their self-harm scars and discusses how her hu... more

a month ago

Up to 1 in 5 (20%) individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and about 3 in 7 (42%) individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) engage in self-injurious behavior (SIB). Common forms of SIB include repetitive head banging,... more

2 months ago

What is the relationship between nonsuicidal self-injury (NSSI) and pain? Are individuals who self-injure less sensitive to pain than those who don’t self-injure? What are the ethics involved in conducting research on pain? In this episode, Dr. Julia... more

3 months ago


4.9 out of 5 stars from 77 ratings
  • Great podcast

    Informative and interesting podcast on the difficult subject of self harm. Refreshing to hear such a fascinating range of perspectives

    Apple Podcasts
    United Kingdom3 months ago
  • Self-harm scarring episode

    I am someone who self harms with the intentions to leaves a scar. It frustrates me when it doesn’t leave a scar etc. I really liked the episodes !

    Apple Podcasts
    Canada8 months ago
  • Start your education on self harm here!!!

    As a nurse, mother of teens & mindful family/community member, my desire to educate myself on NSSI (or SH) for awareness & to be an advocate lead me to this podcast. It’s everything I was looking for & more. It explored the topics I wanted to learn about then answered questions I didn’t even know to ask. more

    Apple Podcasts
    B McQueen
    United States8 months ago
  • Excellent

    This the best podcast I have heard on this subject!

    Apple Podcasts
    United Statesa year ago
  • Excellent podcast!

    This podcast has helped us tremendously in our journey with self injury in our teen daughter. It is a very lonely place to be in at times, and most people do not fully understand. This is exceptional info and all the guests have so much experience to offer. Well done!

    Apple Podcasts
    United Statesa year ago

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