This study aimed to develop the evidence base for what helps people to stop harming themselves in custody, and in doing so help to inform effective ways for prison managers and staff to respond to the rise in self-harm incidents and provide appropriate, helpful care.
Understanding the experiences of people who have successfully learned to cope differently and refrain from harming themselves can helpfully inform methods or strategies to tackle this problem. This in-depth qualitative study asked how men in prison, who have previously self-harmed but do so no longer, describe the experience of learning to manage their self-harming? What helped or hindered the change process? What is their desistance story?