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Cutting, Burning, Bruising, Breaking

Posted Dec 12 2008 1:26pm

Self-Injurious Behavior


Karen (Director, S.A.F.E. Alternatives®)

“Teachers are in a very unique position because often times they’re going to be the first ones who notice this behavior. Kids tend to hide it more at home… If it’s not the teacher that notices it, it might be a friend. Bottom line, you have to talk about this. Self Injury is speaking to a lot of things
that are wrong in our society.”


“A safe place-I’ve never had one. My home was a very fearful place. I could tell when violence was going to occur in my house just by what I’d done that day. I knew when my dad was gonna pick me up after work, I knew what was gonna happen. Living with that for 12 years is complicated especially when you have no one to talk to about it. And when I did it to myself, it was really at the point where I realized that I was at this point in time feeling either depressed or frustrated to the extent that it was just overwhelming to no end. Just to get through the night or the rest of the day or whatever the case, just to get your mind off of it, I think, it helped.”


“Cutting, for me, was the only control that I really thought I had actually had… but in the end you just wonder if that is actually your control because you can’t stop sometimes or you need it… it’s the only thing that will make you feel better-and you shouldn’t let something like that control you.”

Do these statements sound familiar?

Are YOU  A Cutter?

A Burner?

A Head Basher?

A Bone Breaker?


Seek out a community that understands. Go to S.A.F.E. ALTERNATIVES® for more information.

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