Well in Mind: Self-Harm Awareness Month
March is Self-Harm Awareness Month. Non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI) is intentionally inflicting harm to the body without intention of dying.
This is not a mental illness, it is a sign someone is going through serious psychological distress. Reasons for Self-Injury
- To gain relief from tension.
- To process negative feelings.
- To distract from their negative feelings.
- To feel something physical, particularly if feeling numb.
- To develop a sense of control over their lives.
- To seek help.
- To punish for things done wrong.
- To express emotions otherwise embarrassed to show.
Types of NSSI
- Hitting or punching oneself (including banging one’s head).
- Carving words/symbols into the skin.
- Piercing the skin with sharp objects.
- Pulling out hair.
- Picking at existing wounds,
Symptoms of NSSIHere are some warning signs to keep top of mind:
- Fresh cuts, burns, scratches, or bruises.
- Having sharp objects on hand.
- Wearing long sleeves or long pants, even in hot weather.
- Difficulties with interpersonal relationships.
- Persistent questions about personal identity.
- Behavioral and emotional instability, impulsiveness, or unpredictability.
Well In Mind is here for you. Call 815-933-2240 to schedule an appointment or to ask about your EAP benefits.