Today we are talking about the very sensitive topic of self-injury. We have a special guest, Kathleen DeWitt who is joining us to discuss her struggle and victory over self-injury. We hope to gain some insight as to the why’s behind the struggle, some things that you can look for if you have or think you have a child who is self-injuring.
While there haven’t been extensive studies published on this topic because it is a behavior that is private a 2008 publication by the US National Library of Medicine reports the following nonsuicidal self-injury (NSSI) statistics:
- 1/3 to 1/2 of US adolescents have engaged in self-injury.
- Cutting and burning are the most common types of non-suicidal self-injury.
- 70% of teens engaging in self-injury behavior have made at least one suicide attempt.
- 55% had made multiple suicide attempts.
- 70% of self-injurers are cutters.
Treatment visits for teens who self-injure have doubled over the past three years. And those numbers are expected to grow as life becomes more complex for teenagers. Directors at self-injury treatment programs refer to this growth trend as an epidemic that reaches even into middle schools.
Having grown up with a similar background to myself, Kathleen did not have a troubled home life or broken home. That reality is what makes this a very real subject for me as I am now the mother of a prepubescent daughter.
There is no guarantee that raising a child in a good home will spare them from the sin that is in this world.
It is my hope mothers that this testimony would be a wake-up call for us to be constantly pointing our daughters to find their identity in the One who can deal with every sin, Jesus Christ.
If you or someone you know is struggling with depression or self-injury please seek out someone who is trained in Biblical Counseling by visiting their website.
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