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A Candid Conversation on Cutting and Self-harm

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A Priceless Perspective

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Next on A Priceless Perspective we will be welcoming Priceless Posse member, Chrystol Wilson-Payne as we discuss the growing issue of cutting and self-harm among teen girls.  It is time to uncover a topic that is taboo in many communities and families, as we lift the feelings of shame and guilt that is often associated with it.  While accurate information regarding rates and trends on self-mutilation are difficult to come by because the majority of incidents go unreported, the following known facts are alarming:

  • Each year, 1 in 5 females and 1 in 7 males engage in self injury/harm
  • 90 percent of people who engage in self harm begin during their teen or pre-adolescent years
  • Nearly 50 percent of those who engage in self injury activities have been sexually abused
  • Females comprise 60 percent of those who engage in self harm behavior
  • About 50 percent of those who engage in self mutilation begin around age 14 and carry on into their 20s
  • Many of those who self injure report learning how to do so from friends or pro self injury websites
  • Approximately two million cases are reported annually in the U.S.

Tune it to learn more about these alarming statistics including many causes, the dangerous effects and how to get help.