“Self harm” is a scary phrase. This emotional coping strategy is hitting close to home here in Door County. According to the 2018-2019 Wisconsin Youth Risk Behavior Survey results. 17% of Door County Middle School and 17% of Door County High School students have self-harmed at least once. 60% of Middle Schoolers reported they have been dealing with anxiety or depression and 56% of high schoolers reported the same.
NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness is a good resource to answer some common questions around self harm such as:
- What is Self Harm
- Why people self harm
- Treatment and coping
- What do you when someone self harms
Here are some coping strategies: (these are not meant to replace professional support and therapy)
Calm Harm is an award-winning app developed for teenage mental health charity stem4 by Dr Nihara Krause, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, using the basic principles of an evidence-based therapy called Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT).
Clear Fear is an app developed for teenage mental health charity stem4 by Dr Nihara Krause, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, and uses the evidence-based treatment CBT to focus on learning to reduce the physical responses to threat by learning to breathe, relax and be mindful as well as changing thoughts and behaviours and releasing emotions.
You can personalise the app if you so wish and you will be able to track your progress and notice change.
Please note the app is an aid in treatment but does not replace it.
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Self-directed violence and other forms of self-injury are serious problems that affect children, youth, and families. However, there are things that families and health professionals can do to help prevent these behaviors. Go to CDC.gov website.