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[SPECIAL GUEST] Self injury: riding the wave of distressed emotions

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On Thursday the 24th September we're welcoming Sarah Swannell as this month's guest clinician and inviting you to join us right here at 9pm (AEST) to have an informal discussion about moving towards healthier ways of coping with difficult emotions....

 

Some of the ways that help us cope  can be unhealthy or destructive to us - as well as self injury there is things like eating disorders, alcohol, drugs and other risky behaviour.  We'll chat about all of these and how to become more aware of your thoughts and emotions, different ways of coping as well as how to support a friend or loved one who engages with these destructive ways of coping...

  

If you would like you submit an anonymous question for her to answer during the session, please submit your question here.

 

For now, here is a little more info about Sarah, we are really excited to have her join us!

 

Sarah is a registered psychologist. She works with individuals one-on-one as well as running therapeutic groups in Brisbane. Sarah is also a Senior Researcher in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Queensland.

 

One of Sarah’s main clinical interests is self-destructive behaviours - like suicidality, self-harm, eating disorders, substance abuse, and other impulsive behaviours. Sarah's work has been published nationally and internationally and she has presented at both national and international psychology conferences.

 

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Sarah says her most recent accomplishment is the completion of her PhD - an investigation of  self-injury (non-suicidal). It included a large national study where over 12,000 Australians completed interviews about self-injury, suicide, substance use, child maltreatment, and other aspects of emotional and psychological health.

 

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Didn't get your question answered during our session? Head to the end of this thread to see the rest of our answers!

 

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Re: [SPECIAL GUEST] Self injury: riding the wave of distressed emotions

Hi everyone! And welcome to our September session with Specialist Sarrah Swannell!

 

Tonight we're talking and learning about Self Injury.

 

We're lucky to have Sarah with us who has spent years understanding causes of self injury, different ways of coping and how to get support, or support people you care about who might self-injure.  

 

We'll be answering a pile of questions submitted by you over the last couple of days although unforunately we can't get to them all during the session because there was heaps!

We'll post the answers we didn't get to at the end Smiley Happy. We'll ask a question that you submitted to us and give you a bit of time to discuss, then we'll throw Sarah's answer into the mix.  

 

We encourage you to get involved and have your say! If that's not your thing that's okay! Just sit back and listen (make sure you say hi though!) 

 

I’ll be co-facilitating tonight with @lanejane, one of our awesome peer moderators  as well as Sarah, our special guest.

 

If at any stage you feel overwhelmed or upset by anything that happens in the discussion, that's okay! Take a break and come back later and don't forget to talk to someone about it!

 

You can always have a chat with the legends at KHL who will talk to anyone up to 25 years old, they have a webchat or you can call 1800 55 1800.

 

As always, please take note of the guidelines we all made them together to help everyone feel safe & supported here:

so stay anonymous; no linking to other campaigns without permission and no descriptions of self-harm, suicide or abuse that might be triggering to others. 

 

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Re: [SPECIAL GUEST] Self injury: riding the wave of distressed emotions

And without further ado, here's question 1

 

1.       Does self harm always have to be physical? When

people talk about it, they always refer to physical injury. But I

know in the past I've tried to 'hurt' myself emotionally before, or

I've purposely exposed myself to triggering material to feel bad.

 

Before we share Sarah's answer. 

What do you think? Does Self harm always have to be physical? 

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Hi!

//You can stay afraid, or slit the throat of fear and be brave//

Re: [SPECIAL GUEST] Self injury: riding the wave of distressed emotions

Hi All Smiley Happy

Re: [SPECIAL GUEST] Self injury: riding the wave of distressed emotions

Heya! And BAM! Just like always, straight into it!

 

Does self harm always have to be physical? When people talk about it, they always refer to physical injury. But I know in the past I've tried to 'hurt' myself emotionally before, or I've purposely exposed myself to triggering material to feel bad.

 

I would say yes, because to me, self-harm is to deliberately hurt oneself.


My entire life can be described in one sentence: It didn't go as planned and that's okay. ツ

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Re: [SPECIAL GUEST] Self injury: riding the wave of distressed emotions

Wait ... that would be a NO. Sorry, brain fog!

My entire life can be described in one sentence: It didn't go as planned and that's okay. ツ

Re: [SPECIAL GUEST] Self injury: riding the wave of distressed emotions

hey everyone! i'm really glad to be apart of this chat tonight. i think it's a super important topic and something that a lot of us are familiar with, either from our own experiences or people close to us!

lanejane

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1. Does self harm always have to be physical? When
people talk about it, they always refer to physical injury. But I know in the past I've tried to 'hurt' myself emotionally before, or
I've purposely exposed myself to triggering material to feel bad.

I think any way of hurting yourself deliberately either psycially or mentally is self harm because you are still doing something that hurts you

//You can stay afraid, or slit the throat of fear and be brave//