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Self-Harm: It’s More Than Cutting

Teens that have trouble expressing emotions may resort to cutting and other forms of self-harm as a dangerous way to release and express painful emotions. Studies peg adolescent rates of non-suicidal self-injury from 15 to 40%. While it can sometimes escalate into suicidal behavior, self-injury is always a cry for help. Here is what you should know.


 

 
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Self Harm

DEPRESSION AND NON-SUICIDAL SELF INJURY

When the skin becomes an emotional canvas.

What to Do If a Loved One Self Injures

Research shows that approximately 17 percent of youth intentionally injure themselves at some point as a cry for help or an emotional release.

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At the Root of Self Harm

While self-injury can looklike attempted suicide, many people who intentionally hurt themselves are simply taking extreme measures to distract themselves from unbearable mental anguish.


GIRLS THREE TIMES MORE LIKELY TO SELF-HARM THAN BOYS-AND NEED HELP

Further development of appropriate interventions is needed as there is little consistent clinical management approach for self harm among children and adolescents.

How to Feel Better without Hurting Yourself

If you want to stop cutting or self-harming but don’t know how, remember this: you deserve to feel better, and you can get there without hurting yourself.


WEATHER GOT YOU DOWN? WAYS TO COPE

We have unofficially reached the point in the year that many of us have forgotten about the New Year’s resolutions. Some positive re-frames, insights, and encouragement about this difficult time of year.

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15 BEHAVIORS WE DON'T ALWAYS RECOGNIZE ARE SELF-HARM

When people talk about “self-harm,” they’re usually referring to self-mutilation behaviors like cutting. But cutting is not the only way people self-harm — in fact, sometimes self-harm doesn’t “look” like self-harm at all.

Exercise Addiction

What is exercise addiction?

Exercise addiction is an unhealthy obsession with physical fitness and exercise. It’s often a result of body image disorders and eating disorders. Exercise addicts display traits similar to those of other addicts…

Yes, You Can Get Addicted to Exercise

Exercise addiction is a legitimate problem whose prevalence is thought to be highest among triathletes, runners, and individuals who suffer from eating disorders.

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Healing Self-Injury: A Compassionate Guide for Parents and Other Loved Ones

Subtle scars disappearing up a shirt sleeve, unexplained bruises, burn marks. As many as one out of every four young people engage in non-suicidal self-injury, defined as the deliberate destruction of body tissue without suicidal intent. Parents who uncover this alarming behavior are gripped by uncertainty and flooded with questions--why is my child doing this? Is this a suicide attempt? What did I do wrong? What can I do to stop it? And yet basic educational resources for parents with self-injuring children are sorely lacking.

Helping Teens Who Cut, Second Edition: Using DBT Skills to End Self-Injury

Discovering that your teen “cuts” is every parent's nightmare. Your most urgent question is: "How can I make it stop?" Tens of thousands of worried parents have turned to this authoritative guide for information and practical guidance about the growing problem of teen self-injury. You'll learn practical strategies for talking to teens about self-injury without making it worse, teaching them skills to cope with extreme emotions in a healthier way, finding the right therapist, and helping reduce stress for your whole family.

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THERE’S AN APP FOR THAT

Virtual Hope Box is a smartphone application that offers tools to users who have difficulty coping with negative thoughts and stress, including patients who may be at risk of suicide or non-suicidal self‐harm.

 

Self-Harm Resources and Support

YOUTH

Suicide is the second leading cause of death for young people between 10 to 24. Sometimes your struggle can be underestimated because of your age. But we hear you, and help is available.

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SPEAKING OF SUICIDE

A site for suicidal individuals and their loved ones, survivors, mental health professionals, and others who care.

EVERYONE IS GAY

A collection of voices lending advice and support to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning/Queer, Intersex, and Asexual (LGBTQIA) youth, and also offers comprehensive lists of nationwide LGBTQIA resources.

THE IT GETS BETTER PROJECT

THE IT GETS BETTER PROJECT

A nonprofit organization with a mission to uplift, empower, and connect lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer youth around the globe.

S.A.F.E. ALTERNATIVES

A nationally recognized treatment approach, professional network, and educational resource base, which is committed to helping you and others achieve an end to self-injurious behavior.