Mission Statement

The mission of the International Society for the Study of Self-Injury (ISSS) and its members is to promote the understanding, prevention, and treatment of nonsuicidal self-injury (NSSI) and foster well-being among those with lived NSSI experience and those impacted by NSSI. To accomplish these aims, ISSS focuses its efforts on the following goals:

  1. Conduct and disseminate state-of-the art research to advance the understanding, assessment, treatment, and prevention of NSSI.
  2. Develop, evaluate, promote, and provide evidence-based care to advance clinical understanding of NSSI and its treatment.
  3. Engage in public outreach to improve knowledge of evidence-based prevention, assessment, and treatment options for NSSI.
  4. Enhance networking, collaboration, and resource sharing among all stakeholders with an interest in improving the lives of people who engage in NSSI.

Membership in ISSS is open to researchers, clinicians, students, people with lived experience with NSSI, advocates, and other stakeholders with an interest in improving the lives of people who engage in NSSI.