What is self-injury? A deliberate act to injure the body as a way of coping with emotional distress or discomfort.
How are kids injuring? There are many ways to injure. Popular methods among kids are cutting, scratching, burning, hitting, or over medicating themselves.
Why do kids injure? To communicate emotional pain to others, to distract themselves from emotional
distress, or to feel something when experiencing
numbness or a disconnect.
“You might imagine that a person would resort to self-mutilation only under extremes of duress, but once I'd crossed that line the first time, taken that fateful step off the precipice, then almost any reason was a good enough reason, almost any provocation was provocation enough. Cutting was my all-purpose solution.”
― Caroline Kettlewell, Skin Game