Self injury awareness

Self-Injury Awareness Month 2024

Self-Injury Awareness Month 2024: Let’s Break The Silence

This dedicated month aims to raise awareness about self-harm and provide support to those who struggle with it. Let us come together to break the silence, foster understanding, and promote mental well-being.

If you or someone you know is dealing with self-injury, consider seeking professional help or reaching out to a trusted friend or family member. Remember, you are not alone, and there is support available.

 TEXT “MHA” TO 741741 OR CALL 1-800-273-8255 (TALK).

Self-Injury (Cutting, Self-Harm Or Self-Mutilation)

Self-injury, also known as self-harm, self-mutilation, or self-abuse—occurs when someone repeatedly harms themselves on purpose in a way that is impulsive and not intended to be lethal. While self-harm is not intended to be lethal, people who harm themselves are at a higher risk of attempting suicide if they do not receive help

The most common methods are:

  • Skin cutting (70-90%).
  • Head banging or hitting (21%-44%).
  • Burning (15%-35%).

Other forms of self-injury include excessive scratching to the point of drawing blood, punching (either one’s self or objects), infecting oneself, inserting objects into body openings, drinking something harmful (like bleach or detergent), and breaking bones purposefully. Most individuals who engage in non-suicidal self-injury hurt themselves in more than one way. 

Research indicates that self-injury occurs in approximately 5% of adults in the United States. Rates are higher among adolescents, with approximately 17% of teens reporting some form of self-injury. Studies show an even higher risk for self-injury among college students, with rates ranging from 17-35%. [2]

Other Resources

Crisis Text Line

The Mighty’s Guide to Understanding Self-Harm

S.A.F.E. Alternatives (Self-Abuse Finally Ends)
Information Line: 1-800-DONT-CUT or 1-800-366-8288
Email: [email protected]

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