Self Harm is a growing trend amongst pre-teen and teens, and it is a topic that frequently comes up in the world of counseling. Parents, concerned friends, and even the person doing self-harm, often feel confused regarding the behavior. Self-harm touches all people groups, but it manifests itself in different expressions. Unfortunately, many people learn this behavior from their friends or from websites in which there is a pro-injury theme, and yet many parents feel ill-equipped to handle the discovery when they learn of their child’s self-harm. Below are the statistics of self-harm from 2019
- Each year, 1 in 7 seven males and 1-5 females engage in self-harm/injury.
- Ninety percent of the people who engage in self-harm begin in their teen or pre-teen years.
- The average of a teen to begin to self-harm is 13 years old.
- Close to 50 percent of the people who engage in self-harm have experienced abuse in some way.
- Sixty percent of those that self-harm is female.
Self-half harm has become a normalized behavior amongst young adults and teens; however, it is a foreign concept to their parents and grandparents. In this podcast, Cait Beiler and Sharon Wegman explain how self-harm often starts and how it continues and experience healing.
*2019 APA statistics