One in four young women and one in ten young men in high school in the US self-harm. Those that are ignorant to the phenomenon wrongly believe this is just attention-seeking behavior, but research has shown it goes far beyond simply looking for attention.
The reality is that those who self-harm are doing so because they need a release from emotional pain. Unfortunately, this is not always recognized by the people around them.
Familiarize yourself with self-harm facts, so you’re not only more informed, but more ready to support someone who does engage in self-harming behaviors.