Self harm awareness

Self-harm is a complex and sensitive issue that affects many individuals. It is often used as a coping mechanism to deal with overwhelming emotions or traumatic experiences. People who self-harm use it to express feelings that are difficult to put into words, gain a sense of control, or escape from painful memories. However, self-harm can also be a cry for help and an expression of suicidal thoughts and feelings. It is important to understand that self-harm is not a healthy or sustainable coping mechanism and that seeking professional help is crucial for individuals struggling with it.

Self-harm is not considered a diagnosis but rather a symptom of underlying mental health conditions such as depression, ADHD, PTSD, bipolar disorder, autism, and even psychosis. People who engage in self-harm may withdraw from significant life events, people, work, or school. Moreover, they are prone to other destructive behaviors such as alcoholism, drug abuse, eating disorders, and stealing.

The mental health crisis among America’s youth is a growing concern for parents and guardians. This alarming trend highlights the urgent need for more attention and resources to address the mental health needs of our youth. As parents and caregivers, it is our responsibility to take proactive steps to ensure their emotional well-being.

If you suspect a friend or family member is harming themselves, seek support and treatment. We can help!