how to help someone who cuts

How to Help Someone Who Cuts: Being Patient

How to Help Someone Who Cuts: Being Patient

As mentioned in the previous blogs, how you react to someone who is cutting can make a big difference. Although for people who don't cut it can feel very frustrating to understand, you must be patient with that person. Again, the more you shame them or condemn them, the more emotions it creates, which is a trigger for them to cut.

How to Be Patient

Be careful what you say and how you say it. As frustrated as you may be, still continue to be as encouraging as you can. Try to encourage them to talk about their feelings, then just listen.

How to Help Someone Who Cuts: How to React

How to Help Someone Who Cuts: How to React

When a loved one comes to us and lets us know they're cutting, our reactions back to them are extremely important. How we respond will determine how often this person comes to us in the future with important information.

Do Not Over-React or Invoke Shame

When told someone is cutting, do not act surprised or overwhelmed with this information. That can be hard to do, but as little of a reaction as possible is best. We want to acknowledge we heard the information, but we want to respond in a way that encourages more sharing to be expressed.