Self-Injury Groups on Facebook


  • Kendra D. Niwa Act 2 Child and Family Services
  • Michael N. Mandrusiak Adler School of Professional Psychology


self-harm, self-injury, counselling,


The present study examines the interactions within 4 Facebook groups devoted to supporting people who self-injure. Content analysis was used to analyze posts made to the group during the 3-month period of the study to explore the nature of interactions and the frequency of themes. High prevalence themes included responses to verbal abuse against those who self-injure (16.8%), the discussion of personal issues without directly requesting support (11.2%), and offers of direct support to other group members (11.0%). Notable phenomena and implications for treatment are discussed.

Author Biographies

Kendra D. Niwa, Act 2 Child and Family Services

Kendra Niwa graduated from the Adler School of Professional Psychology and is now a Registered Clinical Counsellor at Act 2 Child and Family Services in British Columbia. In the past, her clinical work has been centered on youth in crisis including self-injury and other high-risk behaviours. Her current work is focused on children, adolescents, and families who have undergone trauma.

Michael N. Mandrusiak, Adler School of Professional Psychology

Michael Mandrusiak is a Core Faculty member and the Director of Training and Community Service at the Adler School of Professional Psychology, Vancouver campus. He is also a Registered Psychologist practicing in the Greater Vancouver area.




How to Cite

Niwa, K. D., & Mandrusiak, M. N. (2012). Self-Injury Groups on Facebook. Canadian Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy, 46(1). Retrieved from



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