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

  • Cutting
  • Scratching
  • Burning
  • 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:

  • Scars
  • 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.