Self-Harm DVD Review

Posted on February 20, 2012 by Amy Tolmie

Review of the self-harm DVD resource from Moorlands Bible College student Sarah Newton.

"In our very egocentric culture, seeing the hidden and abstruse goings on behind closed doors of others can be difficult to spot. For me self-harm has not been something I have had to deal with, however, for a few of my friends it has been a problem. I only know that though by accidently spotting cuts or hearing rumours about it. It was never really talked about between us. I do not know why that was exactly, but I think most would agree that self-harm is a difficult topic to talk about. It is not like you can just go up to a self-harmer and say “So, what are those marks on your arm about then?” It is sensitive, it is personal, it is delicate, but it is something that should not be ignored, not something that is just swept under the carpet and forgotten about because it is a difficult subject. It is something that people should feel free to be open about; it should be discussed between friends, between teachers, in school, in youth clubs, in church. The more it is talked about, hopefully, those who do struggle with it, will be more comfortable in opening up and talking about it with someone. But how do you talk about it? Is there a way of bringing it up in different situations in a sensitive but open manner?

This self-harm DVD is a great resource of trying to communicate self-harm to a variety of audiences. I watched all four of the shorts film before looking at any of the others resources on the DVD, which may have been a bit naive of me, but oh boy did it hit home the seriousness and hidden reality of self-harm. The films are very powerful and emotive, and difficult to watch, especially if you have a sensitive stomach. However, by doing that it does truly open your eyes to the unknown and the concealed topic self-harm is in a 'must do something about that' way.

The resources which come with the DVD are extremely helpful in seeing different ways you can talk about and display self-harm to your audience. I strongly recommend reading the introduction to lessons, in particular, before using the films, and using all the different resources available to see the variety of ways to sensitively talk about the subject.
So, if this is a topic hidden to your area of work, do not let it be hidden any longer. This is good, important, Christ-centred stuff!"