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Pat Thomas | Boys Town Nebraska Family Helpline

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7 Steps to Help a Child Who Is Cutting

This article was originally published on momaha.com. When a parent discovers their child has been self-harming, their natural response can be panic. Rather than trying to imagine what they are thinking, focus on the behavior and what you can see, hear or measure. It is important to remember the following steps if you find out that your child is cutting. Try using these types of phrases: • “I see a cut on your arm; let me take a look at that.” • “I saw you made ...

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Elizabeth, caller of The Boys Town National Hotline

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A Desperate Call for Help is Answered

The following is an actual letter from a young woman who was engaging in self-harm. I want to thank you for all you have done for me. I remember learning of the Your Life Your Voice website when I was around eighteen, and I used it often between the ages of eighteen and twenty. I have struggled with self-harm for about four and a half years. I remember at my lowest points I was self-harming badly multiple times a day, and I’ve ...

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Kristin E. Bieber, Ph.D., a staff psychologist with Boys Town Center for Behavioral Health

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Self-Harm: Signs, Prevention and How to Talk to Children, Adolescents About It

This post was first published on Momaha.com. Self-harm can sometimes first occur at the transition between childhood to adolescence. It's around this time that adolescents begin to think more about their feelings, pay more attention to peers’ behaviors and place more of an emphasis on fitting in. Boys Town Center for Behavioral Health shares information to help prevent and respond to self-harm. How is self-harm prevented? The first step in addressing self-harm is educating parents. Upon discovering their adolescent is self-harming, parents may become ...

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Thoughts of a Self-Harming Teen

As Boys Town counselors, we deal with the issue of self-harm on an almost daily basis. In result, we gain a unique insight into why teens engage in an activity that seems so unfathomable to parents. The following are actual statements made by teens whom at one point in their lives, engaged in self-harm: “Why sit, and wait, and dwell on your feelings, when in less than two minutes you could let them out, and then go on with your day?” “I'm worried ...

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Dr. Amanda Whaley NMD is a board-licensed, naturopathic physician in Arizona and the mother of one 14-month-old busy boy.

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Self-Harm: Her Experience and Advice to Parents

I think it started small.  I would retreat to the bathroom for a session of “poking” myself with a pin. Why? I couldn’t tell you.  It just felt good.  That started after my parents divorced and my mom and I moved out of the house I was growing up in. Their divorce wasn’t particularly eventful.  They didn’t even yell at each other.  Even at age 14, I could tell they didn’t love each other.  After my dad told me he was ...

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Kristen Hallstrom, Manager of Boys Town National Hotline

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Teens and Self-Harm

At the hotline we deal with victims of self-harm every day. The majority of adults we speak to think the idea of deliberately hurting yourself to achieve relief from guilt or stress is unthinkable. But to a teen, self-harm is easy. It’s fast. It’s always available. And for a young person dealing with the pressures of everyday teenage life in 21st century America, it can be a tempting solution. As one 13-year-old explains, “Why sit, and wait, and dwell on ...

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Self-Harm is Something You Should Know About

March is Self-Harm Awareness Month. Approximately one in eight people engages in some form of self-harm behavior, and the problem currently is more widespread than it has been for decades. Fortunately, I have not had any direct exposure to or first-hand experience with self-harm. I never had a friend in school who hurt himself or herself and I don’t have friends with kids who have hurt themselves, so it’s something that is fairly foreign to me. However, I do have two ...