Self-Harm

If you have read A Life, Redefined, you know that Rowan is a cutter. If you don’t know what a cutter is, unfortunately many teens do. Cutting is a form of self-harm or self-injury; when someone cuts their skin with a sharp object. The reason people do this can be to relieve an emotional pain or distress; to help them cope with life’s events.

Cutting is not just a teen issue, but this behavior often begins during the teen years. People cut various places on their bodies-on the arms, legs, stomach, hips. More females than males cut but the behavior spans across cultures and socioeconomic groups.

The below Risk Factors and Signs are taken directly from http://www.parenting.org/article/understanding-teen-cutting-and-self-injury.

Risk Factors
• Knowledge that friends or acquaintances are cutting
• Difficulty expressing feelings
• Extreme emotional reactions to minor occurrences (anger or sorrow)
• Stressful family events (divorce, death, conflict)
• Loss of a friend, boyfriend/girlfriend, or social status
• Negative body image
• Lack of coping skills

Signs
• Wearing long sleeves during warm weather
• Wearing thick wristbands that are never removed
• Unexplained marks on body
• Secretive or elusive behavior
• Spending lengthy periods of time alone
• Items that could be used for cutting (knives, scissors, safety pins, razors) are missing

Cutting does not usually mean a suicide attempt. It is way to relieve an emotional pain or suffering, not a way to end a life. That doesn’t mean it should be taken lightly. Those who self-harm are hurting and need help. But there is help out there.

If you self-harm, speak up. Speak to a parent, teacher, guidance counselor, your doctor-someone you trust. Consider entering therapy. Seek support from family. Understand that you are not alone.

These sites are for informational purposes only.

1. http://www.parenting.org/article/understanding-teen-cutting-and-self-injury
2. http://kidshealth.org/teen/your_mind/mental_health/cutting.html#
3. http://www.parenting.org/article/understanding-teen-cutting-and-self-injury

There are also resources at the end of A Life, Redefined.

If you or someone you know self-harms, speak up. Help is out there.

*Always seek immediate assistance if you or someone you know is feeling suicidal.

Tracy

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About TracyHewittMeyer

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2 Responses to Self-Harm

  1. Excellent blog on a topic that needs to be discussed. Thanks for providing so many resources for people.

  2. barbienell says:

    Thanks for sharing all the informative links and info on this forbidden subject – excellent job!

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