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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.

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Who needs to know?

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.

70%

Of teens engaging in self-injury behavior have made at least one suicide attempt, according to Teen Help.

1%

Chronic and sever self-injury occurring among approximately 1% of the population.

8%

Of 14 – 19 year olds, reported engaging in self-harm, according to a report filed by Dr. Paul Moran.

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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.

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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.

  • If you or someone you know you may be harming themselves, contact one of our professionals in the ask us a question portion of the website.
  • Call Centerstone at 1-888-291-4357 (HELP) to schedule an appointment with a therapist.
  • If you feel like you need immediate help, please call 1-800-681-7444 for 24-hour Crisis Services.
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