022808 Understanding Self Injury

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Published on November 13, 2008

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PowerPoint I made to address self-injury. I presented it to several classes in grades 7-12

Understanding Self-Injury By Becky Green Combs, M.ed.

Terms and Facts Self-Injury Self-Harm Self-Mutilation Cutting Drastically on the rise today among teens!

Self-Injury

Self-Harm

Self-Mutilation

Cutting

Drastically on the rise today among teens!

Incidences 1 of every 200 girls between 13 & 19 self-harm. 2 million cases in U.S. Alone Of the cases at least 11,000 are young men. 72% of teen girls have thought about self-injury

1 of every 200 girls between 13 & 19 self-harm.

2 million cases in U.S. Alone

Of the cases at least 11,000 are young men.

72% of teen girls have thought about self-injury

Those That Self-Injure: Are not the ones that get piercing and tattoos. Are often hard to identify. Rarely participate in activities that require changing clothing. Few close friends.

Are not the ones that get piercing and tattoos.

Are often hard to identify.

Rarely participate in activities that require changing clothing.

Few close friends.

Self Injury IS NOT about Suicide. ITS ABOUT RELIEF FROM: Pain Anxiety Fear It helps Control the harm they cause themselves Behavior from never learning appropriate coping mechanisms

ITS ABOUT RELIEF FROM:

Pain

Anxiety

Fear

It helps Control the harm they cause themselves

Behavior from never learning appropriate coping mechanisms

Some Key Points on Self-Injury Intent-help oneself Immediately harmful Immediate response Repeated

Intent-help oneself

Immediately harmful

Immediate response

Repeated

A deliberate act used to alter mood by inflicting physical violence Cutting* Skin-picking Hair-pulling Burning* Punching oneself Scratching Chewing on inside of cheek Breaking bones Using ice to burn oneself *MOST COMMON

Cutting*

Skin-picking

Hair-pulling

Burning*

Punching oneself

Scratching

Chewing on inside of cheek

Breaking bones

Using ice to burn oneself

*MOST COMMON

Self-Injury is commonly done to: Control anger, hurt or rage To self-punish To calm and remove overwhelming tension To ground oneself to reality To physicalize what could not be verbilized.

Control anger, hurt or rage

To self-punish

To calm and remove overwhelming tension

To ground oneself to reality

To physicalize what could not be verbilized.

Self-Injury is NOT used for: Sexual pleasure Body decoration Religious rituals Cultural compliance Fitting in or being “cool” Suicide

Sexual pleasure

Body decoration

Religious rituals

Cultural compliance

Fitting in or being “cool”

Suicide

Why do people hurt themselves? “ Self-mutilation is a desperate attempt to have some control over unbearable feelings. When a teen or young adult hasn’t learned healthy ways of managing these emotions they turn to pain as a way to blot out the emotional pain or gain a sense of control over the pain they feel. In a strange way they are really trying to protect themselves from something even more painful than physical pain.” Dr. Paul Healing Your Aloneness

“ Self-mutilation is a desperate attempt to have some control over unbearable feelings. When a teen or young adult hasn’t learned healthy ways of managing these emotions they turn to pain as a way to blot out the emotional pain or gain a sense of control over the pain they feel. In a strange way they are really trying to protect themselves from something even more painful than physical pain.” Dr. Paul Healing Your Aloneness

Techniques to stop Self-Injury Count the breaths as you exhale make sure you breathe slowly. Stomp your feet to remind yourself where you are. Call a friend and talk about something fun. Take a warm relaxing bubble bath or shower. Mentally remind yourself that the incident is over and give yourself permission to not think about it right now! Keep a rubber band on your wrist and pluck it-feel it sting. Eat something and enjoy it, think about it If you have a pet use that moment to touch them, pet them or play with them. Listen and sing along to familiar music even getting up and dancing.

Count the breaths as you exhale make sure you breathe slowly.

Stomp your feet to remind yourself where you are.

Call a friend and talk about something fun.

Take a warm relaxing bubble bath or shower.

Mentally remind yourself that the incident is over and give yourself permission to not think about it right now!

Keep a rubber band on your wrist and pluck it-feel it sting.

Eat something and enjoy it, think about it

If you have a pet use that moment to touch them, pet them or play with them.

Listen and sing along to familiar music even getting up and dancing.

Some Alternatives To Self-Injury Go out, be near people Call a friend Call 800-DONTCUT Hold ice to sensitive skin Eat ice cream fast for “brain freeze” Meditate Take a COLD shower Exercise Draw red lines with a felt tip marker where you would cut. Identify what is hurting so bad that you would rather SI than feel it!

Go out, be near people

Call a friend

Call 800-DONTCUT

Hold ice to sensitive skin

Eat ice cream fast for “brain freeze”

Meditate

Take a COLD shower

Exercise

Draw red lines with a felt tip marker where you would cut.

Identify what is hurting so bad that you would rather SI than feel it!

My Story LACIE HOLLAND

For Your Information… 1-800- TLC - TEEN or 1-800-852-8336 National Youth Crisis Hotline @ 1-800-448-4663 Boys Town National Hotline 1-800-448-3000 SAFE (Self Abuse Finally Ends) Alternatives Program www.selfinjury.com 1-800- DONT CUT (1-800-366-8288)

1-800- TLC - TEEN or 1-800-852-8336

National Youth Crisis Hotline @ 1-800-448-4663

Boys Town National Hotline 1-800-448-3000

SAFE (Self Abuse Finally Ends) Alternatives Program www.selfinjury.com 1-800- DONT CUT (1-800-366-8288)

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