Thank you for taking the time to consider participating in this research. Please take time to consider what this research piece is about and why it is being carried out. If you would like to continue participating in this research please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions you may have to ensure that you are making the right decision for you.
What is the aim of this research? This research is being carried out to try to find an insight into the first-hand experiences of people who self-harm. It is hoped that this research could influence how people talk about it in a psychological setting and reduce stigmatism towards people who self-harm.
I need participants! I would like to speak to people who have self-harmed in the previous 2 years. It is important that if you participate in this research have received at least one year counselling in the previous 6 months, or are still receiving counselling to make sure you have support systems in place to be able to talk about sensitive issues. It is also important that if you have been diagnosed with a severe form of psychosis or severe learning disability that you do not take part in this study to ensure your psychological well-being.
What will participating in the research involve? If you would like to take part in this research you will be asked to attend an informal meeting with me, where we shall have a conversation about the reasons behind why you feel you self-harm. If you feel comfortable, we will talk about why you choose a certain way of harming instead of another, how it has affected your life and if you feel you have a willing choice to stop this form of self-harm at any time.