Self harm continues to increase in teens. In fact, several studies show self-harm acts in teens have increased from 4% to 11%. Unfortunately, that number is expected to rise. We find that some parents aren’t sure how to deal with these issues. Our goal is to educate you on the dangers of self-harm and how to teach your teen to properly cope with their struggles.
What is Self-Harm?
Self-harming is when a person hurts themselves in secret in order to release negative emotions and emotional pain. A variety of behaviors fit this description, including cutting, scratching, burning, punching, and more. The consequences of this dangerous behavior can lead to further emotional pain, depression, isolation, shame, and an increase risk of suicide. Self-harming in adolescence typically begins between the ages of 11-15. The increased presence of the Internet, cyber-bullying, social pressure, and family issues can lead to negative thoughts and feelings. Sometimes, our teens feel as though self-harming behaviors is an outlet. It’s critical that parents watch for the signs and symptoms of self-harm so their teen gets the help they need to have a healthy and happy life.
What to Do if Your Teen is Self-Harming
If you are worried that your teen is self-harming, stay calm. It’s important to communicate properly and not act out of anger. Let your teen know that you are aware and want to help by offering your support. We recommend family therapy so both you and your teen can have an honest, healthy relationship. We want the entire family to be healthy and thriving together, with support of friends and their community.
Family Integrative Services
Family therapy is designed to include sessions with the young man and his parents or guardian, and some sessions without the student and just the parents. We need to understand both the goals of the student and the parents in order to create a unique patient treatment program for the young man that will work. For additional information about our family integrative sessions, contact Canyon River Ranch in Ogden today.