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Call For Papers – Our Encounters With Self Harm

on August 27, 2012

Call for Papers – Our Encounters with Self Harm
Charley Baker BA MA, Francis C Biley RN PhD, Clare Shaw BA MA

CONTACT: charlotte.l.baker@nottingham.ac.uk

This book will form part of a series with PCCS books. The first of these books, ‘Our
Encounters with Madness‘, has received excellent reviews. Fran Biley is now working on
‘Our Encounters with Suicide‘. Both of these are collections of individuals’ own
testimonies and narratives – about the care they have received, about what works and
what doesn’t, about their life events and histories, and about how individuals
conceptualise issues which are commonly only referred to as ‘pathological’ or as a sign of
‘mental illness’. We have been contracted to develop a third book in this series, ‘Our
Encounters with Self Harm’.

Such a book is desperately needed for clinicians and students working with individuals
who self harm, across the spectrum of healthcare services, and will be invaluable not
only to individuals who may have direct personal experience of self-harm but also to
their families, carers and friends. Because of prevailing negative attitudes across a
spectrum of services, students and practitioners are alienated from self harm, treating it
as though it is a personal affront at times and at best with coldness.
A collection like this will, we hope, bridge the gap between professional and personal
knowledge and understanding. Self harm is often portrayed in clinical books and the
media as difficult to manage, involving high risk situations, as being carried out by
individuals who are manipulative or attention seeking, and as being particularly draining
on staff emotional and practical resources in healthcare settings. We do NOT believe this
to be the case, and such attitudes distract from the reality of human distress, suffering
and, crucially, survival which individuals who have or do harm themselves report.
In contrast to such negative mainstream approaches, this book will consist of a wide
selection of autobiographical stories, narratives, poetry and vignettes of varying length
and styles (rather than realist scientific or quasi-scientific accounts) illustrating the rich,
contextual lived experience of negotiating, struggling and surviving self harm.
We invite contributions from anyone who has experienced self harm, whether personally,
professionally or as a family member or friend. Contributions can be published under an
assumed or pseudonym and contact to Charley Baker will only be shared with the other
two editors, Francis Biley and Clare Shaw. In keeping with media guidelines on
publishing related to suicide, we amend these to consider the need to avoid
sensationalizing or glamorizing self harm; potentially avoiding specific details about
method (whenever relevant or triggering); we understand the importance of role
models; will take this opportunity to educate the public about myths and realities of self
harm; and provide information about help/support available for those who may request
it; we will consider the aftermath of self harm and the potential vulnerability of
contributors (after Pirkis et al (2006) Media guidelines on reporting suicide. Crisis, 27,
82-87). You may wish to contribute under one or some of the headings below:

– Strength and Survival
– Coping
– Recovery
– Harm Reduction Approaches
– Care and Treatment
– Significant others and their role
Educating others about self harm
– The Tricky Issue of Personality and its ‘Disorders’
Best Practice – the future of care
Submissions may take any creative form, such as poetry, biography, stories or short
works of fiction. They should be presented double-spaced, using ariel font size 12, with
wide margins and would be typically 500-3000 words, although there is no hard and fast
rule about word count. The submission should start with a title and your name (or
pseudonym if you would prefer) and email contact (that will not be included in the final
text). The main body of the text should be followed a short section on the lessons to be
learnt from your experience (what was good, or could have been better etc) and by a
short biography of 1-200 words. If you would like to discuss a potential contribution prior
to submission, please contact Charley Baker (email as above).

The deadline for submissions is 30th September 2012.

Thank you and kind regards
Charley, Fran and Clare

4 responses to “Call For Papers – Our Encounters With Self Harm

  1. survivorsjustice says:

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