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SELF-HARM

Cutting is injuring yourself on purpose—by scratching or cutting your body with a sharp object—breaking the skin and causing bleeding. It is a type of self-injury or self-mutilation.

When cuts or burns from self-injury heal, they often leave scars and marks, which the cutter may cover so no one else knows what they are doing to themselves.

​Adolescents are at an increased risk with six to 10 percent of teens reporting some form of self-harm.

Self-harm occurs in approximately one to four percent of adults, with chronic and severe self-injury occurring among approximately one percent of the population.

Seventy percent of teens engaging in self-injury behavior have made at least one suicide attempt, according to Teen Help. One percent chronic and severe self-injury occurring among approximately one percent of the population. Eight percent of 14-19 year olds, reported engaging in self-harm, according to a report filed by Dr. Paul Moran.


CONSEQUENCES

Although cutting is generally done without the intention of hurting oneself seriously, cuts can go deeper than intended and lead to a need for stitches, serious infection and even hospitalization.

Cutting often becomes a habit. It can even become a compulsive behavior.

HOW TO GET HELP

It’s important to seek help and talk with someone you trust. Try to identify the underlying triggers that lead to your cutting. A mental health professional can help identify these triggers, so don’t be afraid to ask for help. When you find a therapist or counselor, you’ll be able to work through your feelings of deep emotional pain or distress.

Talk to a trusted adult such as a parent, physician or counselor.

Call Centerstone at (888) 291-HELP to schedule an appointment with a therapist. If you feel like you need immediate help, please call (800) 681-7444 for 24-hour Crisis Services.