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Self Injury Support
What is Self Injury?
Self-injury is when a person deliberately hurts themselves, not with the intent to commit suicide but as a way to mange emotions.
Cutting and burning are the most commonly used means of self-injury.
Although adolescents have the highest incidence of self-injury behaviors these behaviors occur at all age ranges, in every social class and culture.
Why would anyone hurt themselves?
What drives self-injurious behaviors is a need to cope with or express difficult feelings.
Also, some self injure to punish themselves, to express to other how they feel, to distract or numb themselves, or to feel something, even pain.
How to get help
Try to listen without judgment. Gently encourage the person to tell a trustworthy adult, someone who can help find support.
Educate yourself about the causes and treatment resources for self-injury.
You can talk to your doctor, a teacher, a counselor or someone from your place of worship.
Don't delay. Timely support and treatment leads to healthier coping and healing.
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