Chris Nicholson does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment. The show, which worked with charities Samaritans and Mind on the episode, broadcast a special edition, which looked closely at the journey of the character Lily Drinkwelland her friends Peri Lomax and Yasmine Maalik — as well as their parents and guardians — and explored themes of self harm and cutting among teenage girls. It came as a recent report showed there had been a steep rise in incidents of self harm among teenage girls.
Everyone experiences stress, anxiety, and low moods at times. But stress and emotional shifts can feel different for different people, particularly for teens navigating the murky waters of adolescence. Some teens turn to self-harm to cope with these complicated emotions.
Print friendly PDF. Cutting is the most common method of self-injury and is often done repeatedly—it is not just a one-time occurrence. Pencil erasers through hard rubbing Deep scratching which draws blood Pinching Skin burning Punching oneself Biting oneself.
Emma's mom first noticed the cuts when Emma was doing the dishes one night. Emma told her mom that their cat had scratched her. Her mom seemed surprised that the cat had been so rough, but she didn't think much more about it. Emma's friends had noticed something strange as well.
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Some were deep, some little ones. Once seen and treated as a suicide attempt, trained mental health professionals now define the act of cutting as an unhealthy coping mechanism designed to immediately alleviate tension, anxiety, stress and depression. In other words, when reality feels overwhelming, some turn to cutting themselves, several times a day, with sharp objects in order to relieve their inner pain.
My life felt out of control. My father was dying a slow death from a terminal illness. The guy I was dating was seeing someone else.
It can be hard to imagine why anyone would want to cut themselves or hurt themselves on purpose. And for parents who discover their teen is engaging in self-injury, it can be confusing, terrifying, and downright frustrating. Self-harm can be fairly common among teens. Fortunately, with support most teens learn healthier coping skills and stop self-injury.
Self-harm can be a way of dealing with deep distress and emotional pain. Afterwards, you probably feel better—at least for a little while. But then the painful feelings return, and you feel the urge to hurt yourself again.