To tell kids and their parents that they are not alone . To alert Parents that this an illness and not an act of revenge or attention.
Self-injury, like many addictions, is often a coping mechanism to deal with some manner of internal pain, many who struggle with it also struggle with other issues such as eating disorders and alcohol and drug abuse. While self-injury may be someone’s way to cope with or relieve painful or hard-to-express feelings and is generally NOT a suicide attempt, relief is always temporary, and usually only perpetuates a destructive cycle that continues the struggle. This cycle often means that those who do not get help can become more depressed and shameful, adding to the pain and need for relief, thus perpetuating the cycle.
The Dangers of Self-Injury - While self-injury may not be about attempting suicide, the damage done while harming oneself ALWAYS carries the risks of inflicting serious, and even lethal, harm to oneself regardless of whether suicide is intended or not. Also the continued cycle of addiction and self-harm, as in substance abuse and other eating disorders can have a destructive effect on one’s health both physically and mentally, and struggles worsen as time continues without treatment.
1. Teens often self injure when they feel no other way to express themselves. They hide knives and/or other objects to hurt themselves.
2. Most teens who self -injure do not want to die; they want the emotional turmoil to end. They want to feel "normal">
4. Experts estimate that 4% of the population struggle with self-injury. It has the same occurrence between males and females.