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Table 3 Websites providing NSSI and mental health resources

From: Non-suicidal self-injury, youth, and the Internet: What mental health professionals need to know

  Recommended Activities Resources Available
Community Websites Self Injury Outreach & Support
▪ Highlights: Information for those who self-injure, parents, teachers, peers, partners, mental health and medical professionals, sharing of NSSI recovery stories, various NSSI resources.
Cornell Research Program on Self-Injurious Behaviour
Highlights: Research publications, resources, factsheets, video presentations on treatment
Self Abuse Final Ends (SAFE)SAFE Alternatives
Highlights: Admission, treatment and referral information, resources, moderated blog, materials for mental health professionals.
▪ Self Injury Foundation
Highlights: Up to date news about self-injury, volunteering possibilities, moderated blog, resources, research publications.
Professionally driven websites that offer information and credible resources concerning self-injury.
All material is moderated and websites are void of triggering material.
Psychoeducational material, support, and resources available for individuals who currently self-injure and who have recovered, as well as their friends and family.
Coping resources for individuals who self-injure
Resources (i.e., factsheets and research articles) also available for mental health professionals.
Websites also promote awareness and advocacy regarding self-injury.
Social Networking Websites Activities and specific videos are not recommended The nature of social networking websites does not guarantee that uploaded/shared content (i.e., discussions, real time chat exchanges, photos, videos) is moderated; therefore some material may be triggering and/or NSSI-reinforcing.
Video/Picture Sharing Websites Activities and specific videos are not recommended. The nature of video and photo sharing websites exposure users to a wide array of NSSI videos that may vary in content. The nature of video/photo sharing websites do no guarantee that posted videos and photos are moderated, and they may contain NSSI imagery and content that may serve be triggering and/or NSSI-reinforcing.
▪ Comments and public exchanges regarding posted videos/photos are also typically not moderated and may also contribute to NSSI reinforcement
General Mental Health Websites Reach out*
Highlights: An Anonymous help-line website for youth. Contains diverse information, stories, videos, blogs, and forums regarding many issues including mental health difficulties, self-injury, alcohol and drugs, family and relationships, independence, loss and grief, physical health issues, safety and violence, school, sex and pregnancy, and sexuality.
Mind Your Mind*
Highlights: Designed specifically for youth and young adults regarding general mental health issues. Treatment/outreach information, personal stories, videos, music, discussion boards, an online community, coping tools and interviews.
Teen Central.Net*
Highlights: Anonymous help-line website for youth regarding physical and mental health issues. Safe sharing is ensured by being professionally created and moderated, and an account is required by all members. Personal stories, links to teen help-line, and youth friendly health care videos. Parental resources also available.
Mayo Clinic
Highlights: An online health community designed to provide health information about a number of diseases and conditions including a definition, symptoms, causes, risk factors, complications, preparing for your doctor appointment, tests and diagnosis, treatments and drugs, lifestyle and home remedies, coping and support, and prevention.
Teen Mental Health
Highlights: Comprehensive information available for health professionals, school mental health educators, families and youth regarding mental health issues. Content includes psychoeducational materials, video presentations (virtual classrooms) and personal story sharing.
▪ Professionally driven websites that offer information and credible resources concerning general mental health issues.
▪ All material is moderated and websites are void of triggering material.
▪ Psychoeducational material, support, and resources are available for youth and young adults with mental health issues, as well as their family, educators, mental health professionals, and friends.
▪ *Material is presented specifically in a youth appropriate and friendly manner.
▪ Outreach and treatment resources are presented for individuals with mental health issues.