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Researchers Outline Media Guidelines for Reporting on Self-Harm

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Mental health topics can be difficult to discuss. But talking about them is one of the best ways to reduce stigma and assist people who need it with finding help.

Now a team of researchers are making it easier for the media to discuss the topic of non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI), more commonly known as self-injury, with a set of guidelines for responsible reporting.

The research was released in an editorial in the British Journal of Psychiatry. The authors singled out NSSI for their work, defining it as “the purposeful destruction of one’s body tissue without suicidal intent.” They consider it a growing health concern in part because its portrayal in media has grown over the past 15 years, which can lead to irresponsible depictions and

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