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Our Encounters with Self-Harm

by Charley Baker, Clare Shaw and Fran Biley PCCS Books
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Pbk 205 pages
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The ‘Our Encounters with…’ series collect together unnmediated, unsanitised narratives by service-users, past service-users and carers. These stories of direct experience will be of great benefit to those interested in narrative enquiry, and to those studying and practising in the field of mental health.

This collection brings together a range of voices on the theme of self-harm – from those who have experienced self-harm directly, alongside the friends, family and staff who live and work with self-harm. Too often, our understanding of the unique and complex experiences of people who self-harm is limited to concepts of mental illness, disorder and disease. Yet these stories demonstrate the strength, survival and recovery of people with rich and diverse lives.

Inspiring, hopeful and at times challenging to read, the contributors who have so generously shared their experiences in this book will promote understanding and compassion, improve attitudes and care, and offer hope to those who are personally encountering self-harm. In this respect, this book is of immense value to all those working with self-harm across a spectrum of services and roles, and to those living with self-harm.

OUR ENCOUNTERS WITH SELF-HARM: Claire Shortland –Fight for Life; Naomi Salisbury – Justification; Nic Tate – Filigree Not Gouge and Patterns; J. A. G. – My Journey Through Self-harm; Trish Staples – 'To whom it may concern'; Rachel Claire Walton – Self-Harm Survivor; Caroline Roe – PS … help me; Victoria Reynolds – Goodbye, I Guess and How Could I? and Scared and Reflection; MSW, MS – For Girls Like Me; Jackie Hopson – Not Dying: Scattered Episodes; Sue Denison – My Encounters with Self-Harm; Nic Tate – A Not-NICE Self-Harm Algorithm; Lynn Tolmon – Biting my Lip when I'm Screaming Inside; Pippa Hennessy – Let the Blood Run and To My Body; Richard L. Peacocke – Self-Harm and Castle Mud; Nic Tate – X78 and Welt; Anon – Fading Scars; Nicki Evans – Working Through Self-Harm; Caroline Roe – A Letter Home. FINDING WORDS: WRITING SELF-HARM: Clare Shaw – "I do not believe in silence": self-harm and childhood sexual abuse; Sarah Chaney – Research and Recovery; Amanda Edmondson, Cathy Brennan and Allan House - A research encounter with self-harm: Using pictures and words. REFORMULATING SELF- HARM: Sandra Walker - The Self-Harm Spectrum: A Personal Journey; Y. K. – The need behind the urge; Peter Dargan – Self-harm: An Intelligent Language for Subjugation and Stigma. CARING FOR AND WITH PEOPLE: Lesley Foster – Self-harm and suicide: doubts and dilemmas; Terri Shaw – From Ignorance to Understanding; Fay Hunkins Walcott – Experiencing self-harm: the observer; Michelle Noad and Helen Butlin – Embracing the Self, Holding the Hurt: Self-harm in a Survivor Led Service; Gary Winship - Self-Injured Therapists Encountering Self-harm; Emma Lamont – With a hand on my arm; Anthony John O'Brien – Mental health nursing perspective on self-harm. YOUNG PEOPLE AND SELF-HARM: Anonymous – Hope Fights The Ongoing Battle; Chloe – Mislead Society; Laurence Baldwin and the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Liaison Team – Doing the small things right: developing a young person's mental health liaison team. WOMEN'S SERVICES: THEN AND NOW: Sam Warner – Taking over the asylum: Abuse, self-harm and survival in a high security mental hospital; Nichola Christiansen, Sarah Shuttleworth, Della Rachel Smith and The Women's Group - Our Encounters With Self-harm

A courageous and moving collection that challenges every stereotype about self-harm and offers the first real opportunity to understand a complicated and often distressing action as people experience it themselves.  If this book were required reading for  professionals, it would transform the mental health system. Gail A.  Hornstein, Professor of Psychology and author of Agnes's Jacket: A Psychologist's Search for the Meanings of Madness (PCCS Books)
Charley Baker is a Lecturer in Mental Health at the University of Nottingham. She has a BA and MA in literature and is working on her PhD on psychosis and postmodernism at Royal Holloway, University of London. During her studies, Charley worked in both community adult and inpatient adolescent mental health for the NHS. Charley is Associate Editor of Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, has been awarded the title of Fellow of the Institute of Mental Health, and serves on the Editorial Board for Journal of Medical Humanities. She has spoken internationally on issues of representations of mental illness in literature, and has interests around self-harm, suicide, ‘personality disorders’ and the therapeutic use of reading. With a wealth of personal experience of self-harm, Clare Shaw  is one of the UK's most prominent and authoritative voices on this issue. She is also 'one of Britain's most powerful and dynamic young poets' (Arvon Foundation); widely published and anthologised, and with two collections published by Bloodaxe. The late Dr Francis C. Biley was Associate Professor in the Centre for Qualitative Research at Bournemouth University, UK , Adjunct Professor of Nursing at Seton Hall University, New Jersey, USA and a Governor of a local Foundation Trust hospital. He co-edited Our Encounters With Madness (PCCS Books 2011) with Alec Grant and Hannah Walker.