Tuesday, March 1, 2011

National Self-Injury Awareness Day

Out the Door this Morning in my Orange in Support of National Self-Injury Awareness Day

Self-injury is the act of deliberately harming your own body, such as cutting or burning yourself. It's not meant as a suicide attempt. Rather, self-injury is an unhealthy way to cope with emotional pain, intense anger and frustration.

While self-injury may bring a momentary sense of calm and a release of tension, it's usually followed by guilt and shame and the return of painful emotions. And with self-injury comes the possibility of inflicting serious and even fatal injuries.

Because self-injury is often done on impulse, it may be considered an impulse-control behavior problem. Self-injury may or may not accompany a variety of other conditions, such as depression, eating disorders and borderline personality disorder.  

Words of Hope and Support:

"I love and adore a beautiful young woman that has struggled with self-injury. Awareness is a beautiful thing....Continue to share and care...." Sherry Hinshaw

"I hope this changes people's minds that its not a joke, that those who hurt themselves are not attention-seekers; that its a serious problem. That help is needed."—Daryln Perez

"As someone who has struggled with this for over 30 years, I am glad that there is finally awareness that this is just not a 'phase.' "—Maggie Bacon

"I'm sneaking up on six months of taking great care of myself, and that includes no self injury!! Taking good care of myself hasn't been easy or pain-free, but it has been accompanied by amazing, rich, deep, lush growth!"- Anonymous


For more information:

Here is the link to American Self-Harm Information Clearinghouse

What parents should do if their teen is self-harming according to www.focusas.com/

Another good resource: http://www.selfinjury.com/

***Please understand that this could be affecting a young person that you would least suspect.***

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