Today's topic is heavy, although after this week visiting new people, hearing stories of survival, and struggles, it is important that it is covered. Many people do not understand the current epidemic of self harm. When we say self harm it typically referring to self-injury, also known as cutting or self-mutilation, occurs when someone intentionally and repeatedly harms herself/himself. In today's world, with suicide as one of the leading causes of death in adolescents, when someone is injuring one self on purpose, it is assumed that they are suicidal.
This is sometimes true although it is not ALWAYS true.
Why people participate in self harm behavior varies although past trauma is highly correlated. The self harm becomes a coping strategy.
First, listen to them and try not to panic. Believe they have something valuable to say, and take the time to listen. There is usually a deep pain that has occurred that developed a need for release and healing. We first need to figure out what that is before we heal. Sometimes the person hurting doesn't even realize why they are doing what they are doing.
Second, Find a professional who has experience with self harm evaluation and treatment. Get help, find ways to cope with the feelings in a more positive way. Do not ignore the feelings. Ask for help.
If you are suicidal or have a family member who is please reach out.
I am here to help the community I live in with this epidemic feel free to call or request a consultation . I also can help find referrals for care if you are out of the triangle NC area.
I am here to talk about and treat the issues we are all sometimes afraid of. With support and knowledge there is power. ~~~Jaclyn Weatherhead LPC
Find support, signs, and symptoms details at:
Adolescent Self Injury Foundation
American Association of Suicidology