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Self-injury Awareness Month is a chance to set aside stigma, understand the problem and be open about mental health and recovery. Self-injury is much more common than most people realize. Among teenagers, an estimated 15 percent will experience some form of self-injury. The number drops to 4 percent among adults. The most common forms of self-harm include:
Signs of self- injury/self-harm can easily be hidden or explained away. Some of the common signs of self-injury/self-harm are:
The majority self-injury of cases – some 90 percent – begin in adolescence. While the condition brings temporary relief for a person suffering, it carries a lot of shame and stigma.
When helping a person through the trauma of self-injury, listen, don’t judge or act disgusted. Stay supportive and proactive, drive them to a counselor’s appointment or visit them in treatment when appropriate. Take the opportunity to educate yourself about the condition and the underlying causes that often lead to it.
The scars of self-injury/self-harm signal emotional distress and are a way for a person to mirror psychological and physical pain.
For more information regarding self-injury/self-harm, contact Harmony Counseling Center