What Is It?
Self-Injury is the deliberate harming of one’s body, resulting in tissue damage, without the intent of suicide. The most common forms of self-injury include cutting, scratching, burning and bruising. These can range in severity from minor or moderate.¹
Who Does It?
Males and females of all ages, ethnic groups and religions self-injure. Some reasons why people self-injure include distracting themselves from emotional pain, punishing oneself, relieve tension, pain or other emotions to oneself or others, loss of someone close to them, been bullied either physically or sexually.²
Approximately two million cases are reported annually in the United States, but the numbers of unreported cases are far more apparent. About 50 percent of those who engage in self-injury begin around 14 and carry on into their 20’s.
Some warning signs to watch for include unexplained wounds or scars, blood stains, sharp objects, covering up and isolation.
I’m Harming Myself
If you’re ready to face your self-injury head on- good job! This takes a lot of strength and we congratulate you on it. The first step is confiding in another person that you can trust such as a family, friend, youth pastor, pastor, mentor, counselor, teacher, etc. We suggest also contacting us to build a support-system.
Focus on your feelings that lead up to self-harming rather then the actual activity of self-harm. Once you can figure out what it is that leads up to self-harm, then you can start to avoid the triggers or work on the issue that causes the self-harm. Some self-injury triggers are sadness, anger, shame, loneliness, guilt and emptiness. Others include music, photos, words, videos, etc. (4)
There are several Self-Injury Techniques (INSERT LINK HERE) that can take the place of self-injury, we posted an entire list on our website.
(4) Help Guide
What Is It?
Suicide is defined as a death resulting from the use of force against oneself when a preponderance of the evidence indicates that the use of force was intentional. Nothing about suicide is simple, not even the definition. Suicide is the second leading cause of death for people aged 15-24 years old. ¹ Every 40 seconds someone in the world dies to suicide; About 50,000 deaths yearly in the United States are caused by suicide.² Some warning signs to watch out for include: Threatening to hurt or kill oneself, looking to seek access to firearms, available pills or other means, talking or writing about death, feeling hopeless, feeling rage or uncontrolled anger, feeling trapped, increasing alcohol or drug use, withdrawing from friends, family and society, mood changes³, seeing no reason for living and giving away meaningful items.
Who Does It?
Almost everyone is capable of thinking of suicide at least once in their life.. It can impact anyone and everyone- the old, the young, the rich, the poor, the popular, and the non-popular.
I’m Considering It?
Firstly, it is important to recognize that you’re reading this section now- that shows us that you have some, even if the tiniest, interesting in staying alive. Suicide is not the answer. We realize that life is difficult, we’ve been where you are right now- but it is only temporary. You are alive today for a reason, this is not the end. Having these feelings do not make you strange, crazy or a bad person- it just means you are having a tough time right now and you WILL make it through this, we know from experience. Please postpone your decision to end your life and keep reading.
Please start by contacting a helpline in your area immediately- they are there to help you. Next, reach out to a close friend or family member and discuss your feelings, it’s great to have a support-system. Take these steps to heart and continue on day by day, contact us if needed. Make small goals for yourself, it’s good to have something to work towards- even if it’s hour by hour goals. It will be okay. You will make it through this. We’re here. We care. We want to be your support-system.
What Is It?
Depression is a prolonged period of sadness. When you have depression, it interferes with daily life and causes pain for both you and those who care about you. Depression is a common but serious illness. Many people with a depressive illness never seek treatment. But the majority, even those with the most severe depression, can get better with treatment. ¹
Who Has It?
Globally, more than 350 million people of all ages suffer from depression.² Some symptoms to keep an eye out for yourself or others include: persistent sad or empty feelings, feelings of hopelessness, guilt or helplessness, loss of interest in activities once pleasurable, fatigue or decreased energy, insomnia, excessive sleeping, overeating or appetite loss, thoughts of suicide or suicide attempts.¹
I’m Depressed And Need Help?
It’s great that you’re reaching out for help- that takes a lot of courage. If you’re reading this because you want to help a friend- you are a great friend! To help yourself it’s important to not wait too long to get evaluated or treated. In the meantime, try to be active and exercise. Go to a movie or another activity that was once enjoyable. Set realistic goals for yourself such as hour-to-hour goals throughout the day. Try to confide in a close friend, family member and/or contact us. Also remember that positive thinking will replace negative thoughts as your depression responds to treatment¹ To help a friend start by offering emotional support, understanding, patience and encouragement. Talk honestly with him or her about how they are feeling. Invite them go out on walks, outings and other activities; If they decline, keep trying but do not push him or her to take on too much too soon.