The Healing Journey: Help Seeking for Self-Injury Among a Community Population

Maggie Long, Roger Manktelow, Anne Tracey

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Help seeking is known to be a complex and difficult journey for people who self-injure. In this article, we explore the process of help seeking from the perspective of a group of people living in Northern Ireland with a history of selfinjury. We conducted 10 semistructured interviews and employed a grounded theory approach to data analysis. Wecreated two major categories from the interview transcript data: (a) “involution of feeling,” which depicts participants’perspectives on barriers to help seeking; and (b) “to be treated like a person,” in which participants communicate their experiences of help seeking. The findings pose important implications for policy, practice, theory, and future research,including the need to increase the uptake of follow-up care among people who arrive at hospitals as a result of selfinjury, self-harm, or suicidal behaviors.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-13
JournalQualitative Health Research
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 8 Oct 2014


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