Preventing Self Harm in Teens
Turning Winds Academic Institute (TWAI) is a leading Boarding School and residential treatment center providing a variety of therapeutic intervention strategies (CBT, DBT, behavioral therapy) to struggling teenagers who are coping with drug abuse/addiction (including marijuana) and/or rebelliousness.
Self-harm is a subject that has in recent years come under the spotlight as a growing number of teenagers practice these acts. Although this issue is now talked about more than ever before, it is still considered a taboo subject that is often misunderstood. Unfortunately, with so much stigma attached to the subject, teenagers are often hesitant to reach out for help for fear they will be labeled as a “weirdo” or “freak”. Turning Winds Academic Institute wants teens and their parents to know they are not alone and there is help to be found through a therapeutic environment that is conducive to true change.
Teens Who Self Harm More Common Than Parents Suspect
Self-harm knows no bounds when it comes to age, gender, social class, or mental ability. Studies have reported as many as three million people participate in some type of self-harm whether it be cutting, burning, banging their heads, or striking themselves. While some people think these teens are only trying to get attention, the truth is, they want anything but.
Now that parents are becoming more aware of self-harm and the crisis it is causing among teenagers, it is our hope that an initiative can be started to help prevent and lessen this issue in our teenagers. Instead of keeping silent, it is important teens learn of the dangers of this disorder and the healthier methods of dealing with the emotional pain they are feeling.
Communication is key when it comes to preventing self-harm in teens. Adults often make the mistake of thinking childhood and adolescence are the most carefree times in a person’s life. Although this should be true, it often is not. Teens face a myriad of pressures coming from home, school, and their peers. All too often, these pressures can cause teens to implode and begin seeking methods to stop the inner turmoil that threatens to take them over.
At Turning Winds, we recommend parents and other family members stay involved in their teen’s life and maintain an active and positive dialogue. Though teens may seem resistant to the idea, deep down they truly appreciate it. While parents cannot always control what their teens do, they are often one of the biggest catalysts to helping them avoid self-harm and other unhealthy means of coping.
More Resources for Parents in Crisis
MentalHealth.gov: Many at-risk teenagers & young men and women in your region turn to Google for guidance and advice on a wide range of mental health issues. To ensure that they get the right help and information, the Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS) have launched mentalhealth.gov. This is an authoritative site that contains guidance on diagnosis and treatment for for troubled teenagers and young men and women in your local area with mental health issues; including personal accounts of experiences of adolescents and young men and women with self harm issues. Advice is also given on how to take part in the “Community Conversations” initiative.