Every year, one in five female teens and one in seven male teens report that they have engaged in some form of self-injury behavior.  Parent concern over this growing phenomenon is worth a parent’s time and effort to become educated on this scary topic and become aware of resources and strategies that reduce teen self-injury behavior.

Did you know that 50% of all cutters (and other self-injury behavior) begin at the age of 14.  Many cutters do not begin to take steps to stop their self-injury actions until they are well into their 20’s!

Five Steps Parents Can Take To Help Their Child Stop Cutting

  1. Seek professional help from your child’s medical doctor.
  2. Encourage your child to talk out a problem, fear or concern with you or another adult instead of cutting.
  3. Seek assistance from your child’s school counselor or school psychologist.  These professionals are very well aware of teen cutting and self-injury behaviors.
  4. Avoid becoming judgmental and shaming.  Children who cut are often trying to stop emotional pain by committing bodily harm. Avoid putting your child, or yourself on “the guilt trip.”
  5. Encourage your child to agree to go on a contract to tell you, a school counselor, or another trusted adult that she has a desire to cut before the cutting behavior begins.  Replace the cutting with a walk and talk session, exercise or reading a book.