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Still recruiting participants for study on self-harm [December 01, 2010]
perl_sfu
Hi there,

I know some members from this group have participated in our research, so I wanted to send along a quick update and to let you know that we are still recruiting participants for our research on self-harm.  The Characteristics Associated with Self-Injury Study began in March 2009. Since we began, over 350 people from 18 different countries have participated in this study. 83 people are currently participating in the longitudinal portion of the study, completing questionnaires every three months. This part will help us understand patterns of self-injury over time, as well as what motivates people to recover or stop from self-injuring. 

Below is some more information about the study. Please email us at perl@sfu.ca if you have any questions or if you are interested in participating!

Best wishes!
The Personality and Emotion Research Lab




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Hello again from the Personality and Emotion Research Laboratory (PERL)!

Would you like to help us understand how to help people who self-harm? We are currently recruiting participants for the second phase of our research on self-harm, and we want your help! Participating in the study takes 2 hours, and you will receive an online gift certificate worth $10 CAD for each time point you complete, plus a chance for a $25 bonus if you complete all the follow-ups for a total of $75.

If you are interested in participating, please email us at perl@sfu.ca. All your information will be kept confidential, and no identifying information is linked to your responses.


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THE DETAILS:

Background Information:

Self-injury (sometimes called “self-harm”) involves harming yourself on purpose. Some examples include cutting or burning yourself, taking an overdose of pills, or banging your head. Right now, very little is known about why people start or stop self-harming. The Personality and Emotion Research Lab (PERL), a research team from Simon Fraser University in Canada, is conducting a study to learn more about the experiences of people who self-harm, and we want your help! We are interested in how emotions, life experiences, stress and coping styles affect self-harm. We hope that this research will help other people understand more about why people self-harm and what they can do to help.

What you can do:

If you want to participate in this study, you will fill out online questionnaires on self-harm, emotions, coping, symptoms, and life events. These questionnaires will take approximately 2 hour to complete. Later, you’ll have a chance to complete follow-up questionnaires over a 12 month period. Although the first session is long, the follow-up questionnaires are shorter, and usually take on 30 to 90 minutes to complete.

Who can participate:

We are looking for people who currently self-harm (whether you are trying to stop or not), AND those who have self-harmed in the past and quit.You must be at least 16 years old to participate.

What’s in it for you:

Participants who complete the questionnaires will receive a $10 (Canadian currency) gift certificate each time you complete the questionnaires (from amazon.com or PayPal). In addition, you will receive a $25 bonus if you complete all five follow-ups in the first year! Telling us about your experiences will give us important information on how self-harm changes over time, and could help develop and improve treatments for people who want to stop self-harming.

Important Information:

This study is the second phase of this line of research, and builds on the previous study. If you have already participated in our research (in a study called “Characteristics Associated with Self-Injury”), you are still eligible to complete this study.

Please contact us at perl@sfu.ca if you are interested in participating or if you have any questions.

Thank you,

Personality and Emotion Research Laboratory (PERL)
Simon Fraser University
Department of Psychology
RCB5246, 8888 University Drive
Burnaby, BC, Canada V5A 1S6
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Please Help Us Understand Self-harm [October 24, 2010]
perl_sfu
 Hello again from the Personality and Emotion Research Laboratory (PERL)!

Would you like to help us understand how to help people who self-harm? We are currently recruiting participants for the second phase of our research on self-harm, and we want your help! We are looking for people who have self-injured, whether you are currently trying to stop or not, to complete questionnaires every 3 months for one year to understand patterns of self-harm over time. Participating in the study takes 2 hours, and you will receive an online gift certificate worth $5 CAD for each time point you complete, plus a chance for a $25 bonus if you complete all the follow-ups over one year for a total of $50.

If you are interested in participating, please email us at emotion@sfu.ca. All your information will be kept confidential, and no identifying information is linked to your responses.


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THE DETAILS:

Background Information:

Self-injury (sometimes called “self-harm”) involves harming yourself on purpose. Some examples include cutting or burning yourself, taking an overdose of pills, or banging your head. Right now, very little is known about why people start or stop self-harming. The Personality and Emotion Research Lab (PERL), a research team from Simon Fraser University in Canada, is conducting a study to learn more about the experiences of people who self-harm, and we want your help! We are interested in how emotions, life experiences, stress and coping styles affect self-harm. We hope that this research will help other people understand more about why people self-harm and what they can do to help.

What you can do:

If you want to participate in this study, you will fill out online questionnaires on self-harm, emotions, coping, symptoms, and life events. These questionnaires will take approximately 2 hour to complete. Later, you’ll have a chance to complete follow-up questionnaires over a 12 month period. Although the first session is long, the follow-up questionnaires are shorter, and usually take on 30 to 90 minutes to complete.

Who can participate:

We are looking for people who currently self-harm (whether you are trying to stop or not), AND those who have self-harmed in the past and quit.You must be at least 16 years old to participate.

What’s in it for you:

Participants who complete the questionnaires will receive a $5 (Canadian currency) gift certificate each time you complete the questionnaires (from amazon.com or PayPal). In addition, you will receive a $25 bonus if you complete all five follow-ups in the first year! Telling us about your experiences will give us important information on how self-harm changes over time, and could help develop and improve treatments for people who want to stop self-harming.

Important Information:

This study is the second phase of this line of research, and builds on the previous study. If you have already participated in our research (in a study called “Characteristics Associated with Self-Injury”), you are still eligible to complete this study.

Please contact us at emotion@sfu.ca if you are interested in participating or if you have any questions.

Thank you,

Personality and Emotion Research Laboratory (PERL)
Simon Fraser University
Department of Psychology
RCB5246, 8888 University Drive
Burnaby, BC, Canada V5A 1S6
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Please Help Researchers Understand Self-harm [July 27, 2010]
perl_sfu
Hello again from the Personality and Emotion Research Laboratory (PERL)!

Would you like to help us understand how to help people who self-harm? We are currently recruiting participants for the second phase of our research on self-harm, and we want your help! Participating in the study takes only 90 minutes, and you will be entered into a draw to win one of five prizes of $150 CAD. If you are interested, please email us at chapman_lab@sfu.ca. All your information will be kept confidential, and no identifying information is linked to your responses.

**************************************************************
THE DETAILS:

Background Information: Self-injury (sometimes called “self-harm”) involves harming yourself on purpose. Some examples include cutting or burning yourself, taking an overdose of pills, or banging your head. Right now, very little is known about why people start or stop self-harming. The Personality and Emotion Research Lab (PERL), a research team from Simon Fraser University in Canada, is conducting a study to learn more about the experiences of people who self-harm, and we want your help! We are interested in how emotions, life experiences, stress and coping styles affect self-harm. We hope that this research will help other people understand more about why people self-harm and what they can do to help.

What you can do: If you want to participate in this study, you will fill out online questionnaires on self-harm, emotions, coping, symptoms, and life events. These questionnaires will take approximately 90 minutes to complete.

Who can participate: We are looking for people who currently self-harm (whether you are trying to stop or not), AND those who have self-harmed in the past and quit.

What’s in it for you: Participants who complete the questionnaires will be entered in a draw to win one of five prizes of $150 CAD. Telling us about your experiences will give us important information on how self-harm changes over time, and could help develop and improve treatments for people who want to stop self-harming.

Important Information: This study is the second phase of this line of research, and builds on the previous study. If you have already participated in our research (in a study called “Characteristics Associated with Self-Injury”), you are still eligible to complete this study.


Please contact us at chapman_lab@sfu.ca if you are interested in participating or if you have any questions.

Thank you,

Personality and Emotion Research Laboratory (PERL)
Simon Fraser University
Department of Psychology
RCB5246, 8888 University Drive
Burnaby, BC, Canada V5A 1S6
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Volunteers Needed for a Research Study on Self Injury [July 25, 2010]

odu_researcher
Dear LJ Community,
 
The recruitment for our self injury study is now complete.
 
Thank you for your support of our research. Please feel free to email me with any questions you may have.
 
Sincerely,
 
~Tatyana Kholodkov
Graduate Student
Old Dominion University 
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Thank You! [November 17, 2009]
kellylafer
I just wanted to give everyone a big thank you for the great response on the documentary series that I'm working on! It's very inspiring! I know the issues we're touching on are very sensitive and private and I really appreciate everyone who has stepped up and contacted me. We're still working on it so feel free to e-mail me if you want more information!

Best,
Kelly
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May Interest You [November 10, 2009]
kellylafer
Hi everyone,

I'm working on a new documentary series that will focus on women between the ages of 18 and 28 struggling with difficult issues like eating disorders, self harm, and intimacy issues.  Let me know if you're interested or if you have any questions!  Feel free to message me or e-mail me directly at kellylafer@gmail.com.  I'm kinda new to LJ so please be patient with me!

Thanks!

- Kelly
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May Interest You [October 27, 2009]
kellylafer

I'm working on a new documentary series that will be focusing on women (ages 18-27) who struggle with complex issues like self abuse.  If you're interested, feel free to e-mail me or send me a message (kellylafer@gmail.com).  I'd be happy to answer any questions! 
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support site [August 27, 2009]
potterfreak1
Hey I have a support site, its growing at a quick pace at 144 members now and i think it will help you guys.  It is on mental health issues, has forums on cutting among a lot of other things.  It even has a chat that is starting to get used.  Please check it out.  The link is http://selfhelp.yuku.com it has helped me an im a recovering cutter.  stay strong and be safe.
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Hey [June 19, 2009]
potterfreak1

Hey i am a recovering cutter with a bad past and i have created a self help support site that i think will be very useful to you guys.  I hope that it helps you and maybe ill see some of you on my site.  The link is http://selfhelp.yuku.com it is a very supportive and safe enviornment please take a look around and tell me what you think.
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[June 17, 2009]
assumednamex
 I just joined LJ. Mostly because of this. Because I hate my self and hit my self. I'm sick of it. I'm sick of letting myself be this way. I want to be better. I want to be normal. I want help and and trying to find something. Find anything. I'm sick of thinking about jumping out of cars into the freeway. I don't want to be this way.
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I'm new here... [March 17, 2009]

xlokifoxx
Hey. I'm Loki, I'm probably younger than you, and I'm a recovering self-harmer.
I started cutting when I was 11, and punching myself... God, I must have been what, 9 or 10? Anyway, I still have scars on my wrists, but most of them are pretty old by now. I found religion a while ago, and that helped for a while, but lately I've been slipping and punching myself again. Now I'm usually seen with a bruise or two on my face.

Anyway, I'm here mostly to get and give support. To help people on their road to recovery.

Here's a picture of some super old cuts - look below the visible vein. I'll post better pictures later; with more recent scars.

If you really squint, you can see the reeeeally old scars.Collapse )

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[November 30, 2008]

vampyre_girl13
umm im new. im 15 a cutter and pathetic and worthless, my name is jade but i go by alexis or what ever you want to call me is fine. umm i don't talk much unless i knwo you, ummmm ya
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Late night drear... [November 16, 2008]

morbidanibal
[ mood | blah ]

Is anyone on and wanna talk? I just feel shitty and alone and yeah. Anyone? My contact info is in my profile. Thanks.

-Ani

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Please... [July 12, 2008]

morbidanibal
[ mood | hot ]


Go one over to my writing journal and scope it out? I want it to have more people reading it to not only get my works out but to be able to have people bring me criticism and questions and comments and suggesttions. Thanks.


sweet_sweetgaze


-A~Ni

Sorry: cross-posted lots of places.

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[May 27, 2007]

snow_fae
[ mood | crappy ]

I haven't cut since last year, but I just lost my job, my son, my dad, my grandfather, and now I'm loosing the love of my life.  And the thought of cutting is the only thing that makes me think I'll get through it.

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Hello [January 26, 2007]

streetsofberlin
My name's Sonata, and I have struggled with self-injury on and off since I was about 10-11 years old, I'll be 20 in February -- and I've come to accept it as a lifelong struggle.
Art is my biggest "anti-drug", and a lot of my songs end up being about self-injury. I thought some might be able to relate to my song "Pretending" which I wrote back in '05. It is about dealing with a sudden impulse to self-injure after not for so long, and trying to fight it. It is dedicated to Depeche Mode, who is a band that has helped me a lot.

Solar Fad


And if anyone ever needs anyone to talk to my e-mail is
streetsofberlin@gmail.com
-- though I tend to be using MySpace as an e-mail alternative--
My personal MySpace (not my music) is
http://www.myspace.com/sonnyroulette

and on AIM I am
UltimatumUtopia

I think, sometimes, just talking about things can help. Just having someone there who understands what you're going through, and is not going to get upset, confused, or even angry that you've "failed" or that you're on the verge of doing so.


Stay safe, everyone.

xx Sonata
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[November 30, 2006]

musecalliopeia
[ mood | contemplative ]

Hi. My name is Calli (musecalliopeia), and I am now 23 months clean of cutting!

I started cutting when I was 16. I am now 34. Prior to getting into recovery, the longest I'd been able to go without cutting was about a month and a half.

I recently opened a new self-injury recovery journal, selfinjuryanon. Please feel free to come by and check it out - anyone is welcome to join. I want this to be a safe, supportive place for people to come together and share their experiences.

I don't post about my new community to be obnoxious - I post because I'm proud of the recovery I've found, how long I've gone without hurting myself, and I want to help other people. I'm proud of the members of my new community, and the way that they are opening up to themselves, to one another, and how they are reaching for help, and reaching out to help.

See, a couple years ago, I hit bottom. Hard. And when I looked around for help, I couldn't find anything, really. There was no "self-injury [or self-mutilation or cutters, or whatever] anonymous". I talked to therapists and people who worked in the recovery community, and they didn't know of anything. So I created this community to be a safe haven for people who self-injure. There are a lot of us, and we mostly feel so very alone.

But we're not alone. We have each other, and we can help each other get through this. We all know how tough it is, and we're learning how satisfying it is to make it through.

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Hi [October 15, 2006]

slimagination
[ mood | pensive ]

Hey, I'm new here, not sure if you guys are for or against SI, but I figure I can vent about stuff here anyway, which would be much appreciated. I've been cutting for about 2 years now, and I quit for 2 months during the summer but then I got off of my diet and then everything snowballed and now I'm back to SI again. I usually only do it when I feel like crap, but yesterday I was just bored and I cut up my arm pretty badly. I've never done it before just to have something to do. I think I'm probably getting worse or something. But I don't feel suicidal, so whatever.
Bye for now,
Sarah

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fU*K! [September 13, 2006]

perthchicken
[ mood | crappy ]

okay... so i guess this is the first time i've ever written "anonymosly" (how ever it's spelt)about this... u no, it's coming up 2 summer here (in perth, AUS)and shorts and shirts are coming out... BUT I'M SCARED!

coz then i'd have to show my arms and all and... i don't know what to do coz i don't want more people finding out about it, especcially my family

fuck, what do i do???
is there any way of getting rid of em??

p.s
yay, 2 weeks and i haven't slit, whoopy! stuff qand life is just getting better and better

p.s.p.s
yes, it's all just one addiction after another, if i'm not slitting myself, what am i gonna do next??

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[June 07, 2006]

callmetiki
cut free for 3 months woot go me
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