All week we’ve been discussing the serious topic of self-mutilation and cutting. We’ve discussed why someone may self-harm, how to react to someone who cuts, and how to communicate concern with someone who feels tempted to hurt themselves. The next step is getting in this process is getting professional help. A trained professional can help can help with:
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.
This week we are talking about cutting—a problem that affects as many as 1 in 12 teenagers, as well as many adults. Do you know what to do if you discover that someone you care about is cutting?
Don’t Demand That They Stop
Those who cut often have loved ones who try to help. Frequently, these loved ones just demand that the cutter stop immediately. Demanding that they stop is often a knee-jerk reaction to finding out about the self-harm. It can be very unsettling to think that someone you care about is practicing self-mutilation.