Behind The Scars


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By No Secrets

ISBN: 978-1-78382-068-9
Published: 2014
Pages: 148
Key Themes: Mental Health, Poetry, Diary, Short stories, Self-Harm


A collection of poetry, stories and diary excerpts from individuals who have been affected by self-harm. This book aims to raise awareness of self-harm, and to improve the general understanding of this somewhat taboo subject. All authors have, or still do self-harm.

About the Author

Self-harm is a difficult subject to understand, especially for people who have never experienced it personally. So when Kerri’s mum Maureen found out her daughter was using self-harm to cope with her difficult emotions, she was at a loss and didn’t know what to do to help her. They struggled through for months, not knowing what to do for the best. Professionals couldn’t even fully explain why Kerri was harming herself. Nobody understood what they were going through. Eventually, mother and daughter set up a peer support group in 2007, hoping to meet others in similar situations, and “No Secrets” was born. Kerri’s self-harm has since improved, and she finally understands more about it through speaking to others who use the same coping mechanism.

Book Extract

Information about No Secrets

No Secrets was co-founded by mother and daughter Maureen and Kerri back in October 2007. At the time, Kerri was self-harming on a daily basis and the family were struggling. Professionals didn’t seem to be able to tell them anything about self-injury or offer any helpful resources. And so, after months of trudging through day by day, they decided to bring the support to themselves. They set up their first peer support group in St Helens, Merseyside, and began meeting others in the same boat.

Kerri found it helpful to speak to others who understood what it was like to live with self-injury, and no longer felt so alone with the problem. Maureen also gained comfort from other carers in similar situations.

In 2009, the members decided to start training professionals in self-injury. Who better to tell the professionals about it than those who live with it on a daily basis? No Secrets has now trained over 1000 local professionals working with people who may self-injure. In 2011, Kerri and Maureen set up their second group in Wigan. Over the next twelve months, three more groups followed in Halton, Warrington and Knowsley.

No Secrets was registered as a charity in September 2013. The most
important thing is to let people out there know that they are not alone. So many others out there self-harm, and it’s possible to overcome it. No Secrets would like to thank all the individuals who have contributed to this book. Without your involvement, this book wouldn’t have been possible. We would also like to thank our ambassadors, singer/songwriter Laura White and Chief Executive of 5 Boroughs Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Simon Barber, for their ongoing support and commitment. We would also like to thank Dr Sam Warner for taking time to write a Foreword for us. Last but not least, thank you to Dr Andrew Holding, Dr Emma Hickey and Mr Gary Lamph for reviewing the contents of the book prior to publication.


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