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PowerPoint I made to address self-injury. I presented it to several classes in grades 7-12

PowerPoint I made to address self-injury. I presented it to several classes in grades 7-12

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  • 1. Understanding Self-Injury By Becky Green Combs, M.ed.
  • 2. Terms and Facts
    • Self-Injury
    • Self-Harm
    • Self-Mutilation
    • Cutting
    • Drastically on the rise today among teens!
  • 3. Incidences
    • 1 of every 200 girls between 13 & 19 self-harm.
    • 2 million cases in U.S. Alone
    • Of the cases at least 11,000 are young men.
    • 72% of teen girls have thought about self-injury
  • 4. Those That Self-Injure:
    • Are not the ones that get piercing and tattoos.
    • Are often hard to identify.
    • Rarely participate in activities that require changing clothing.
    • Few close friends.
  • 5. Self Injury IS NOT about Suicide.
    • ITS ABOUT RELIEF FROM:
      • Pain
      • Anxiety
      • Fear
    • It helps Control the harm they cause themselves
    • Behavior from never learning appropriate coping mechanisms
  • 6. Some Key Points on Self-Injury
    • Intent-help oneself
    • Immediately harmful
    • Immediate response
    • Repeated
  • 7. A deliberate act used to alter mood by inflicting physical violence
    • Cutting*
    • Skin-picking
    • Hair-pulling
    • Burning*
    • Punching oneself
    • Scratching
    • Chewing on inside of cheek
    • Breaking bones
    • Using ice to burn oneself
    • *MOST COMMON
  • 8. Self-Injury is commonly done to:
    • Control anger, hurt or rage
    • To self-punish
    • To calm and remove overwhelming tension
    • To ground oneself to reality
    • To physicalize what could not be verbilized.
  • 9. Self-Injury is NOT used for:
    • Sexual pleasure
    • Body decoration
    • Religious rituals
    • Cultural compliance
    • Fitting in or being “cool”
    • Suicide
  • 10. Why do people hurt themselves?
    • “ Self-mutilation is a desperate attempt to have some control over unbearable feelings. When a teen or young adult hasn’t learned healthy ways of managing these emotions they turn to pain as a way to blot out the emotional pain or gain a sense of control over the pain they feel. In a strange way they are really trying to protect themselves from something even more painful than physical pain.” Dr. Paul Healing Your Aloneness
  • 11. Techniques to stop Self-Injury
    • Count the breaths as you exhale make sure you breathe slowly.
    • Stomp your feet to remind yourself where you are.
    • Call a friend and talk about something fun.
    • Take a warm relaxing bubble bath or shower.
    • Mentally remind yourself that the incident is over and give yourself permission to not think about it right now!
    • Keep a rubber band on your wrist and pluck it-feel it sting.
    • Eat something and enjoy it, think about it
    • If you have a pet use that moment to touch them, pet them or play with them.
    • Listen and sing along to familiar music even getting up and dancing.
  • 12. Some Alternatives To Self-Injury
    • Go out, be near people
    • Call a friend
    • Call 800-DONTCUT
    • Hold ice to sensitive skin
    • Eat ice cream fast for “brain freeze”
    • Meditate
    • Take a COLD shower
    • Exercise
    • Draw red lines with a felt tip marker where you would cut.
    • Identify what is hurting so bad that you would rather SI than feel it!
  • 13. My Story LACIE HOLLAND
  • 14. For Your Information…
    • 1-800- TLC - TEEN or 1-800-852-8336
    • National Youth Crisis Hotline @ 1-800-448-4663
    • Boys Town National Hotline 1-800-448-3000
    • SAFE (Self Abuse Finally Ends) Alternatives Program www.selfinjury.com 1-800- DONT CUT (1-800-366-8288)