SELF HARM AND TEENAGERS
Self-harm is when people deliberately hurt themselves as a way of coping up with painful or tempestuous. It’s a way of trying to get control over the feelings or relief from them. But is it good for the youth or our future generation? The answer is a big ‘NO”. For some people, the attempt to control or stop feelings through self-harm is actually a way of trying to heal themselves. Other people do self-harm so they may ‘feel something’ rather than feeling nothingness or emptiness. Some people do self-harm to express feelings of hopelessness.
- Feeling emotionally disconnected from or invalidated by their parents
- Want to "fit in" within a particular peer group that encourages and rewards self-harming behaviour
- Feeling emotionally dead inside or feeling invisible in their parents' eyes. Self-harm makes them feel alive inside and helps confirm their existence in reality.
- For girls, self-harm may be used as a coping strategy with overly demanding parents, especially in situations where the father is the dominant voice when it comes to discipline and decision-making