Self-injurious behavior involves any behavior in which a person inflicts harm to themselves (e.g., cutting, scratching or piercing the skin to the point of bleeding, etc.). The clear majority of people who “cut” are not suicidal, rather, they use this behavior as a coping skill to relieve the intense emotional pressure/pain they are feeling. These behaviors are often done repetitively and at times to the point where people describe the urge to cut as “addictive.” Individuals who take part in self-injury often feel intense shame about it and may take great lengths to hide it. This is especially true for Christians who self-injure.
Resources for Individuals Who Self-Injure
A Guide for Coping with Urges – For Those Who Self-Injure [Self-Injury Outreach and Support]
Cutting and Self-Harm: How to Feel Better with Hurting Yourself [HelpGuide.org]
How and I Stop Cutting?: Resisting the Urge to Cut [teenshealth.org]
Resources for Family Members and Friends of Someone Who Self-Injures
Self-Injury – A Guide for Parents & Caregivers [Self-Injury Outreach and Support]
Self-Injury – A Guide for Friends of Someone Who Self-Injures [Self-Injury Outreach and Support]
How Can I Help a Friend Who Cuts? [teenshealth.org]
National Suicide Prevention Hotline
This hotline is for people experiencing a crisis and is available 24/7. If you need help for yourself, a friend, or family member, call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) right away.
Crisis Text Line
The Crisis Text Line provides free, 24/7 crisis support to anyone in the U.S.