Adolescents are at an increased risk with 6 – 10 percent of teens reporting some form of self-harm.
Self-harm occurs in approximately 1% to 4% of adults, with chronic and severe self-injury occurring among approximately 1% of the population.
Of teens engaging in self-injury behavior have made at least one suicide attempt, according to Teen Help.
Chronic and sever self-injury occurring among approximately 1% of the population.
Of 14 – 19 year olds, reported engaging in self-harm, according to a report filed by Dr. Paul Moran.
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.
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.