Secret Scars: Understanding Self-Injury

UYWI08by Chris Schaffner
Thurs, May 15, 2008
Self-injury, although it may seem temporarily helpful, is ultimately a dangerous and futile coping strategy which interferes with intimacy, productivity and happiness. There is no “safe” or “healthy” amount of self-injury. We also believe that self-injury is not a compulsion which one is powerless over for a lifetime. People can and do stop injuring themselves with the right kinds of help and support. Self-injury can be transformed from a seemingly uncontrollable compulsion to a choice. In this workshop, you will learn the risk-factors involved with SE and develop an arsenal of coping skills to aid those suffering from SE.

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  1. Tonya on September 25, 2008 at 10:09 am

    I’m glad that you are showing God’s role in using others to bring understanding to this issue. I just wanted to say that this isn’t only a problem among teens but is also common with adults, mainly women who have been abused in one way or another. You don’t hear about it because after you become an adult it is shameful and embarassing to admit. There are all kinds of abuse and levels of abuse. There needs to be more focus on emotional abuse and how it destroys the spirit of a person. Even as adults, we SI as a way to deal with the inner pain. We hide it to the best of our ability. The worse that can happen is when someone finds out and treats you like a freak or criminal, and accuses you of being a danger to others. SI behavior is a result of abuse and that abuse leads us to loathe ourselves. I agree the act of SI needs to be more widely understood to break the stigma, but it is vital that the public understand how the different abuses lead to this and that the abusers need to be held accountable and get help too. Otherwise it will be a continuous vicious cycle. Please don’t stop what you are doing. People need to know.

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