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Self-injury and digital self-harm

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This is a research project conducted by an external organisation. It may be of interest to people affected by complex mental illness. To find out more about the project below, contact the researchers directly.

Non-suicidal self-injury, deliberating damaging the body (for example, cutting, burning), with no conscious suicidal intent has received increasing research interest over the last two decades.

Over the last few years, there have also been reports of digital self-harm – people posting hurtful things about themselves online. 

The aim of this project is to explore both physical and online forms of self-harm – to see how common they are, and what people think about others who engage in these behaviours.

You are eligible to participate if you are over 14.

We will be collecting data until mid-August.

All data are completely confidential. No one other than the researchers will have access to the data you provide. Data collected will be stored in accordance with Curtin University regulations, kept in a password protected file on a dedicated server, for 11 years.

A report of the study may be submitted for publication, and data may be used to support student research projects, but individual participants will not be identifiable in any report or student thesis. If you would like to be informed of the aggregate research finding, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. in December 2018.

Last updated: 21 June, 2019