**ISSS 8TH ANNUAL MEETING*** June 28th - Pre-Conference Workshop
June 29-30th - Academic Conference
VANCOUVER, B.C., CANADA
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Welcome to the website for the International Society for the Study of Self-Injury (ISSS).
The International Society for the Study of Self-Injury is composed of researchers, clinicians, and students who are interested in better understanding, assessing, and treating nonsuicidal self-injury.
Definition of Non-Suicidal Self-Injury
Non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI) has been defined by the International Society for the Study of Self-Injury as the deliberate, self-inflicted destruction of body tissue without suicidal intent and for purposes not socially sanctioned (ISSS, 2007). It is also sometimes referred to as self-injurious behavior, non-suicidal self-directed violence, self-harm, or deliberate self-harm (although some of these terms, such as self harm, do not differentiate non-suicidal from suicidal intent).
As such, NSSI is distinguished from suicidal behaviors involving an intent to die, drug overdoses, and socially-sanctioned behaviors performed for display or aesthetic purposes (e.g., piercings, tattoos). Although cutting is one of the most well-known NSSI behaviors, it can take many forms including but not limited to burning, scratching, self-bruising or breaking bones if undertaken with intent to injure oneself. Resulting injuries may be mild, moderate, or severe.
The Mission of the International Society for the Study of Self-Injury is to advance scientific understanding of non-suicidal self-injury; influence and enhance non-suicidal self-injury assessment, treatment, prevention, education, and policy; and foster collaboration among individuals dedicated to these aims.