It can be difficult for those who self-harm to share their thoughts or feelings. The number of students, particularly college students, who engage in self-harm is on the rise throughout the United States. Self-harm occurs in many ways to various parts of the body. Injury may include cutting, scratching, burning, ripping or pulling skin or hair, bruising, taking toxic substances, or breaking one’s own bones.

The reasons for self-harming are diverse. Self-harmers commonly report the act helps them manage their feelings, provides a sense of control or a “rush”, and allows self-expression. Family and friends may feel uncertain about how to help a loved one who self-injures because they feel frightened, and it is a difficult act to understand. However, it is important to seek help if you or someone you know partakes in self-injury. Support is available.

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Counselors are available at each of the Southwestern Illinois College Counseling Centers for assistance. Contact us.


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