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					Self Mutilation-
 Cut It Out !
  By Hanna DeBruhl
    Peer Counselor
     Spring 2005
What is Self Mutilation ?
                Self mutilation is deliberate self
                 harm or self-injury.
                The people who are self
                 mutilators are also often called
                 “cutters”.
                They often use razor blades or
                 knives to cut themselves.
                They also injure themselves by
                 pulling their hair, burning
                 themselves, fracturing their
                 own bones, scratching or
                 head banging.
           When Does It Begin?
   Self mutilation usually
    begins in adolescence
    and can last as long as
    15-20 years.
   Adolescence is a time
    when people are going
    through many changes
    and trying to find out
    who they are.
   They want to be socially
    connected with peers.
    Why Do People Hurt Themselves?
   Many people who are
    cutters say that doing this
    helps them feel better.
   It makes them feel “alive”
    and releases emotional
    stress.
   These people have so
    much inner pain that they
    cannot express it
    verbally. They cut
    themselves instead.
                 Myths
 People who cut themselves are NOT
  always suicidal. They do not always want
  to die.
 Not all cutters are women. “Time”
  magazine reports that 40% of cutters are
  men!
 Cutters are always members of only
  certain racial or ethnic groups.
                    The Truth
   Half of all people who self-mutilate were
    sexually abused or traumatized as children.
   2 million people in the world are self-injurers.
   Cutting makes the cutter feel that he/she is in
    control of something.
   Self mutilation has been linked to people with
    eating disorders.
   Self mutilation has been called the “new
    anorexia”.
     Who are self mutilators?

 They have not learned how to deal with
  their emotions well, and do not know how
  to verbalize their feelings.
 Many have negative self images.
 They may have difficulty feeling secure in
  relationships.
                     Recent history
   Self mutilation was not taken
    seriously for many years.
   People who had this problem
    were often either ignored or
    placed in a psychiatric ward .
   When the late Princess Diana
    disclosed that she was a
    cutter, more media attention
    was given to this problem.
   Books, movies and TV shows
    have begun recently featuring
    more stories of self mutilation.
   Movies include “Thirteen.”
   Books include Bodily Harm and
    A Bright Red Scream.
It’s a Group Thing!
             Scary but true!
              More and more teens are
              “cutting” in groups.
              Having a relationship with
              someone else that cuts
              “normalizes” self mutilation.
              There are chat groups online
              that discuss better ways to
              hide the cuts and better ways
              to cut.
             Cutting can become a
              competition. For example,
              cutters may see try to see
              who has a deeper cut or who
              can take the most pain.
               Cutting Club
 Cutting in groups is increasing and becoming
  more popular.
 The teens feel that they are socially connected
  and understood by the people who cut with
  them.
 They do not feel like an outsider anymore,
  because they are not alone in what they do.
 This is an alarming trend, because they see
  nothing wrong with what they are doing if their
  peers are doing the same thing!
                How To Know?
Self mutilators hide their
  cuts and scars well.
The cuts are usually long
  and on their arms,
  sometimes on the thighs
  or their stomach.
They will often wear long
  sleeve shirts and pants
  even in the hot weather.
They will also make excuses
  for their cuts, such as “an
  animal has scratched”
  them.
              What You Can Do
   If someone you know has
    a problem with self
    mutilation, tell someone
    that can help.
   Listen to them when they
    tell you their problems.
   Do not judge them.
    Telling someone is hard
    enough.
    Be supportive!
         Where to Go for Help

   You cannot solve a friend or family
    member’s problem but you can tell them
    where to turn for help.

   www.selfinjury.com is a website that is
    helpful.

   The hotline is 800 –DON’T-CUT
              Conclusions
Self Mutilation is a serious problem effecting
  many people.
People who self mutilate need support and
  love from family and friends!
Self mutilation can be stopped with help
  from therapy.
Many articles tell about people who were
  hurting themselves, got help and then
  stopped self mutilating.
          The End!

Thanks   for
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 this
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 on self
 mutilation!

				
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