022808 Understanding Self Injury


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

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022808 Understanding Self Injury

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