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How To Help a Friend Who's Cutting Themselves

Watch more How to Survive Being a Teenager videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Get tips to help and understand your friend who is using self-injury as a coping mechanism. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Understand the motivation Read articles and research cutting. Understand that most teens use cutting as a coping mechanism to deal with underlying stressors in their lives. Step 2: Talk to your friend Talk to your friend about their cutting. Don't judge them, but let them know they have your support. If they don't want to discuss it, back off but let them know the offer stands. Step 3: Find resources for your friend Offer your help in finding a support group or web resources for your friend. Online blogs or forums may offer an immediate outlet. Tip S.A.F.E. Alternatives -- Self-Abuse Finally Ends -- and the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (AAMFT) are two organizations that offer support throughout the United States. Other state and regional organizations are available as well. Step 4: Offer alternatives to cutting Offer alternatives to cutting, such as squeezing an ice cube, drawing on their arm or leg with a red marker, taking a walk with you, or playing with a pet. The idea is to distract and offer an outlet. Step 5: Tell someone Tell a trusted authority figure or your parents. If your friend's cutting worsens, getting them professional treatment may be your best option. Did You Know? About 1 percent of the United States population has, at some point, instigated a self-injury.
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