Published on in Vol 4, No 4 (2017): Oct-Dec

Exploring the Therapeutic Affordances of Self-Harm Online Support Communities: An Online Survey of Members

Exploring the Therapeutic Affordances of Self-Harm Online Support Communities: An Online Survey of Members

Exploring the Therapeutic Affordances of Self-Harm Online Support Communities: An Online Survey of Members

Authors of this article:

Neil S Coulson1 Author Orcid Image ;   Emma Bullock1 Author Orcid Image ;   Karen Rodham2 Author Orcid Image


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Books/Policy Documents

  1. Hunter N. Trauma and Madness in Mental Health Services. View