Thanks to all who have participated, only a few more participants needed!
Please take this opportunity to have your voice heard.
- Have you ever purposely hurt yourself without wanting to die (for example, by cutting, burning, hitting, scratching, stabbing, or hair pulling)?
- Have you ever made photographs, drawings, illustrations, videos, poetry, stories or other creative works related to self-injury and posted these on the Internet (i.e. on Self-Injury.net, blog, Flickr, YouTube, Facebook or Tumblr)?
- Are you 16 or older?
If you answer YES to all, please consider taking part in this research project.
Purpose of this study
We call self-injury without intention to die “Non-Suicidal Self-Injury (NSSI).” The form of NSSI includes cutting, burning, hitting, scratching, stabbing, or hair pulling. Creative NSSI-themed materials, like photographs, videos, drawings, poems and short stories have been posted on the Internet since the 1990s. Recently Flickr, YouTube, Tumblr and other social media sites made it easier to post and share such materials. But medical professionals are often very anxious and negative about these forms of self-expression, as they think posting and viewing such materials may involve potential health risks, like a risk for triggering self-destructive urges.
Yet, we don’t really know why people create and post NSSI-themed content online and what the actual risks and potential benefits of such activities are. This is why we are doing this study: to understand the motives behind creating and sharing NSSI-themed content, to improve our knowledge about creativity and NSSI, and ultimately, to know what we can do to help. Through this research we hope to bring your voice to the medical community and develop a way to support people doing NSSI.
We are looking for 2-3 people who post NSSI-themed work online.
You will be asked to participate in an online interview with me (Yukari) via text chat or voice chat. The online interview will take about 1 hour and I will ask 30-35 questions. Alternatively, you can choose an email interview that will be like answering an online survey. Email interviews may include a couple of email exchanges for clarification. Either way, you will receive an Amazon eGift card, at the end of the interview to compensate for your time and input.
After the interview, you will be asked if you agree to give feedback about the study. If you agree to volunteer for two follow-up sessions, you will receive an Amazon eGift card at the end of the second session.
Your participation is 100% voluntary and confidential. If you choose to participate, we will assign you a unique identification number that replaces your username. Neither your username nor your contact information will appear in any reports or publications resulting from this study. Also, you can withdraw from the study at any time with no consequence.
If you have any questions about this study, please contact Yukari on this thread, by Personal Message, or email Yukari [dot] Sekocamh [dot] ca
If you are interested in participating or know more, please go to http://survey.camhx.ca/survey/onlineconsent_pilot.aspx
Social Aetiology of Mental Illness (SAMI) Program
Centre for Addiction & Mental Health (CAMH)
455 Spadina Ave, Suite 300-22
Toronto, ON, M5S2G8, Canada