About Self Harm and Cutting
If you’ve just discovered that your teenager is cutting or self-injuring him- or herself, you may be overwhelmed with shock, heartbreak, fear, frustration, and even confusion. Some parents blame themselves for failing as a parent. Others may be upset that their teenager is engaging in something so dangerous. All of these feelings are common, and you may feel like you’re alone and helpless. But you are not alone. There are millions of parents in the same boat.
An estimated two to three million people engage in self-abusive behavior – such as cutting and self-injury. In the United States, it’s estimated that one out of every 200 girls, between the ages of 13 and 19, cut themselves on a regular basis. According to the CDC, approximately 666,000 annual ER visits are for self-inflicted injury. Unfortunately, the statistics are only increasing. With the advent of the Internet, teenagers who self-injure are finding support for this behavior in chat rooms, websites, and online communities. YouTube videos are also promoting cutting and self-injury.
As a parent of a teenager who is self-injuring, you must always remember that you are not alone. There is help and there is HOPE!
My name is Christian Hill with Alpine Connection Counseling. I have a Masters Degree in counseling from the University of Northern Colorado, and I have specialized in helping teens that self-injure for the last 10 years. Working with cutters can be extremely challenging and will test your patience, but in all honesty, I love working with them and helping them overcome and recover from their self-destructive behaviors.
As a counselor, I see teens recover from self-injury all the time. Yes, some take longer than others, and some choose not to change, but don’t lose hope! I am 100 percent confident that after reading this book and using the tools provided, your child has the greatest opportunity to stop his or her self-destructive behaviors and to find new and better solutions.
For more information about self injury and how to help, please visit the resource page, to find out more about Alpine Connection Counseling please visit our website: www.alpineconnection.org, or click here to schedule an online, phone, or in office appointment.
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