Helping teens overcome self-mutilation [podcast]

LIVE Youth Ministry TalkLast week’s talk was a pretty serious one. We discussed cutting, self-mutilation and self-harm and many things that go along with that. The focus of the talk on how we, as youth workers, can help teenagers overcome the self-harm.

This is one of those subjects that you want to be proactive in learning about before it comes up in your youth group. Once that kid who’s struggling talks with it about you, there’s no time to put the conversation on hold, study for a couple days, and then come back to continue the discussion. Start educating yourself now.

Chris Schaffner, who joined us in this call, pointed us to his blog post, “Self-injury Quick Reference,” which will serve as a good starting place for youth workers learning about cutting and self-injury.

Panelists in this disussion

Some items we discussed

  • Common myths behind self-harm
  • Demographics and statistics of those who self-harm
  • How to identify students who self-harm
  • Is cutting something to be concerned about?
  • Steps to helping a student overcome self-harm

Resources that were mentioned

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Posted on October 2, 2010

  • flutterbypridge

    As a former cutter (even though I grew up in the church and was in a youth group) I greatly appreciate this issue being discussed and youth workers taking a proactive approach. My mentor and pastor became an integral part of my freedom from this.

    A couple of other possible helpful books not listed above:
    The Scarred Soul: Understanding & Ending Self-Inflicted Violence by Tracy Alderman

    Bodies Under Siege: Self-mutilation and Body Modification in Culture and Psychiatry by Armando Favazza

    • Glad to hear your encouraging story. It lets us know there is hope even when it seems like there's not.

      And thanks for the resource recommendation, too.

  • Thanks for the resource commendation, Daryl!

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