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Hidden Scars, Silent Wounds: Understanding Self-Injury

Synopsis
Investigation of the phenomenon of self-injury. Self-injury refers to a pattern in which a person harms him- or herself by cutting or even burning parts of the body, to relieve stress from pent-up emotions. Many people suffer from this usually secretive activity. Typically they have endured unusual and stressful events or abusive family situations, and have resorted to self-injury as an unhealthy coping mechanism. This programme demystifies this often misunderstood problem by offering candid interviews with ‘cutters’ and their families, as well as commentary by noted experts in the field. One interviewee describes her cutting as a form of self-punishment, but also as a strategy to keep her emotions from spiralling out of control. A psychologist discusses the symptoms and causes of self-injury. Accompanying teachers’ resource book which includes class worksheets to extend students’ investigation of the subject.
Language
English
Country
United States
Year of production
2004
Subjects
Psychology; Social welfare; Mental Health and Counselling
Keywords
emotional development; self harm

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
Region 2 PAL
Price
£39.00
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
25 minutes
Year
2010

Production Company

Name

Hourglass Productions

Distributor

Name

Concord Media

Email
sales@concordmedia.org.uk
Web
http://www.concordmedia.org.uk/ External site opens in new window
Phone
01473 726 012
Address
Rosehill Centre
22 Hines Road
Ipswich
IP3 9BG
Notes
A long-established, not-for-profit organisation with a large collection DVDs, specialising in the sectors of general and mental health, child care, race relations, war and peace, addictions, the third world, ecology, civil rights, personal relationships, educational issues, and social work training. Concord also handles titles made for the Graves Medical Audio-visual Library. Sale on DVD. Formerly known as Concord Video and Film Council. In 2014 Concord began to offer selected films as Video on Demand, via Vimeo.

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