Self-Harm in Young People

Why do people self-harm?

You might have seen scars on their arms, you might even know someone who self-harms-- but WHY do people self-harm?Follow Not OkayFollow on Instagram: www.instagram.com/notokaytt

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Why do people self-harm?

You might have seen scars on their arms, you might even know someone who self-harms– but WHY do people self-harm?

"Self-harming is becoming more prevalent in our children and adolescents". ?? ? Parents, did you know that some of these things could be signs of self-harm in your child? Featuring Tameka Romeo, Clinical Psychologist and PHD Candidate, Legal Psychology (Child Sexual Abuse), and founder, Mothers of the Missing and Murdered - MOMM.

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Some signs of self-harm in young adults and adolescents

“Self-harming is becoming more prevalent in our children and adolescents”.

What not to say to someone self-harming

"It makes them feel like a failure because they should know better than doing this." If you ever self-harmed, what is something that you didn't like people saying to you, that made you feel worse? ??Trinidad & Tobago Mental Health AwarenessFollow Not OkayFollow on Instagram: www.instagram.com/notokaytt

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What not to say to someone self-harming

“It makes them feel like a failure because they should know better than doing this.”

To any young person self-harming

"It's important to realize that you as a person: You have strength. You have worth." Follow Not OkayFollow on Instagram: www.instagram.com/notokaytt

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Message to any young person self-harming

“It’s important to realize that you as a person: You have strength. You have worth.”

What is #notokay to say /

do to someone who self-harms

Why you do that to yourself? / What's that on your arm?

Bringing up self-harm scars, especially in a public or group setting, or if you don’t have a close relationship with that person, can make them feel uncomfortable. Remember this is a sensitive topic, and one that they may not feel comfortable discussing with someone they are not very close with. When mentioning someone’s self-harm scars out of concern for them, remember to be sensitive and non-judgmental, and to refrain from mentioning them with other persons around.

Only crazy people / mad people do that

The association of anything related to a mental health condition with “madness” or “craziness” is very common in Trinidad and Tobago. This is #notokay to say. It can be extremely hurtful to someone who self-harms, or who has self-harmed.

I'm disappointed in you for starting back

While we may hope that by showing our disappointment, we can inspire someone we care about to stop self-harming, statements like these can instead enforce guilt and shame in someone who self-harms.

I would never do something like that / You should know better / Other people have it worse

Any kind of judgmental and comparative statements or actions can cause someone who self-harms to feel ashamed, guilty, and worse about their actions.

Make jokes about it / laugh / belittle what they're going through

We need to be sensitive when we speak to persons about their self-harm scars.

Be sensitive and kind

Insensitivity and unkindness to people who have self-harmed may only make them feel worse, and is unlikely to help them stop self-harming. How we respond to someone’s behaviours when they’re experiencing a mental health issue does make a difference.

Kindly encourage them to seek professional help

One of the ways we can help is to encourage them to speak to a professional, without judgment or condescension. We can, also, offer to find a mental health professional for them and even go with them. Show support and kindness and compassion, and accept that we don’t understand exactly what they’re going through.