I am writing about such a delicate matter, one that some people can relate to. This week something great happened to one of my fellow blogging friends. She asked for help. Somebody is helping her. My friend is I Prefer Deep Blues and Sea Foam Greens. She is suffering from a horrible thing; Self Harm. She had expressed how she felt through her blog and no doubt the blogging community offered her a helping hand.
Some facts about self-harm, depression and other things:
. Around 80,000 young people suffer from depression.
. One in twelve have tried self-harm.
. Every day two people under twenty four kill themselves.
. Over the last 10 years there has been a 68% increase in young people being admitted to hospital for self-harm.
Such scary figures bring a horrible awakening. Why would we want to do this to ourselves? Why would we want to harm our own bodies?
What is cutting?
Cutting is the practice of compulsively harming oneself with a sharp object. It’s just one form of self-injury. Others include burning, bruising, or hitting oneself. This article is about cutting, but the principles discussed apply to all forms of self-injury.
Test your knowledge: True or False.
Only girls cut themselves.
False. While the problem seems more prevalent among girls, some boys cut themselves and engage in other forms of self-injury to themselves.
Why do people do it?
Test your knowledge: Which statement do you think is most accurate?
People cut themselves . . .
A) because they are trying to cope with emotional anguish.
B) because they are trying to kill themselves.
A. Most people who cut themselves don’t want to die. They just want to end their emotional despair.
Note what some young people have said about their practice of cutting.
Celia: “It brought me a sense of relief.”
Tamara: “It seemed to provide an escape. The physical pain was better than the emotional pain.”
Carrie: “I hated feeling sad. Cutting took the focus off my sadness and put it onto my physical pain.”
Jerrine: “Every time I cut myself, I became almost unaware of my surroundings, and I wouldn’t have to deal with my problems. I welcomed the change.”
If you have this problem, how can you stop?
Prayer to God can be a vital step to recovery. The Bible says: “Throw all your anxiety upon him, because he cares for you.”—1 Peter 5:7.
Suggestion: Start with brief prayers, perhaps simply telling God “I need help.” In time, you will be able to open up and pour out your feelings to “the God of all comfort.”—2 Corinthians 1:3, 4.
Prayer is not some psychological crutch. It is real communication with your heavenly Father, who promises: “I will really help you. I will really keep fast hold of you with my right hand of righteousness.”—Isaiah 41:10.
Many who have struggled with cutting have also found comfort in talking to a parent or another trusted adult.
My friend I prefer deep blues and sea foam greens, is funny, quirky and of deep wisdom. She is awesome and from the outside she seems normal, happy, successful but then she revealed something to the blogging community. That she was dealing with all kinds of stress, and that to release that stress she was cutting herself. Many people think teenagers have no cares or stresses but in fact they seem to be much greater. The blogging community, consoled her and offered advice. She acted warmly and today she took that advice to heart and she asked for help. This week she told her school nurse about what had been happening. Her school nurse had helped her and consoled her when she cried. I’m glad she is getting help and even though I don’t know her on a personal level it brings me joy to know that she is receiving help and will get better.
It is not right for anyone to go through this. Everyone needs help. I’m glad that my friend I Prefer Deep Blues and Sea Foam Greens is a getting better. Everyone go check her out, hear her story… 😺😺
How do you feel about self-harm? Leave a comment below.