Building on last week’s post about suicidal thoughts in teens https://www.mindfulhealingjourney.ca/1-minute-help/supporting-your-teen-to-cope-with-suicidal-thoughts#/. Self-harm is also prevalent among youth, and the rates of female youth engaging in self-harm in Canada have risen alarmingly in the past decade. Self-harm is often seen as one in the same with suicidal ideations, however that is not the case. Self-harm can lead to suicidal ideations, and a person can use self-harm to cope with existing suicidal thoughts, but youth can also experience self-harm without having an suicidal thoughts and vice versa. Self-harm has often been explained as a way to externally feel pain to numb deep internal pain. It is often used as relief or release of emotions. It is important to know with the right resources and support youth can overcome their urges to self-harm and find alternate methods of coping. Please find below some important considerations.
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