* Three million americans engage in some form of self injury.
* An esitmated two million americans purposely cut or burn themselves,
* 90% of self injurers begin cutting as teenagers.
* The average self injurer begins at age fourteen and continues with increasing severity into her late twenties.
* The most common professions are teacher, nurse and manager.
* More than half of self injurers are victims of abuse, and most report emotionally abusive or neglictful childhoods.
* Self injury is prevalent in all races and economic backgrounds.
* Although most self injurers are women, up to 40% are men.
* Most people who self injure are not trying to commit suicide, instead using self injury as a coping mechanism.
* Self injury does become an addiction as it helps you feel better for a short period of time.
FACT: Self injury is only a temperory solution. Self injury makes you feel better, but only for a short period of time. The only way to feel better for longer, is to develop coping mechanisms. (some of which are under the heading alternatives)
Although there are a few exceptions, most people who self harm aren’t “crazy”. They just have a lot of inner stress that needs to be released and they don’t have any other way to release it than hurt themselves.
Next time you want to make a sarcastic remark about someone who is “emo”, think about who is around you. You may be surprised to find out how common self harm really is.
Just In Case: Emergency Hotline Numbers
Self Injury Hotline: 1-800-366-8288
Depression Hotline: 1-630-482-9696
Suicide Hotline: 1-800-784-8433
Trevor Project: 1-866-488-7386
Sexuality Support: 1-800-246-7743
Eating Disorders Hotline: 1-847-831-3438
Rape and Sexual Assault: 1-800-656-4673
Grief Support: 1-650-321-5272
Runaway: 1-800-843-5200, 1-800-843-5678, 1-800-621-4000
Exhale: After Abortion Hotline/Pro-Voice: 1-866-439-4253