Self injury is a form of harming one’s self in a way that is not meant to be deadly. It’s also commonly referred to as self harm, self abuse or self mutilation. There can be a number of reasons why people harm themselves in this way and multiple ways such harm can be carried out. There is almost always emotional pain associated with this activity. This is an often-misunderstood concept. Fortunately, Self Injury Awareness Day is helping people to become more informed.
If you or someone you love is engaging in this behavior, take a look below to learn more about self-injury and the day of awareness, along with how Crest View Recovery Center can help you feel better. Awareness is an important first step to getting help.
About Self Injury
There are a number of ways people may choose to self injure. Skin cutting is the most common, next to head banging or hitting and then burning. These aren’t the only ways in which individuals may express self harm. In addition, punching self, scratching to the point of drawing blood, drinking poisonous liquids and purposefully breaking bones occur. While adults can partake in this type of activity, it’s more common in adolescents.
The reasons for self mutilation are many. Emotional causes such as feeling empty and alone are common. Sometimes mental health or substance abuse issues can associate with these feelings. Regardless of the reason, those partaking in self injurious behavior are usually seeking some sort of emotional relief.
Self Injury Awareness Day
Self Injury Awareness Day (SIAD) is an annual campaign that takes place on March 1st. Several organizations work to bring awareness to the subject of self harm during the weeks leading up to and after this day. People often speak about their own experience with self injury in an attempt to put a face to the issue. The ultimate goal of the event is to get those struggling with self injury issues to reach out for help rather than stay silent.
Symbols of the movement include orange ribbons, a butterfly wristband and the word “love” written on the arm. Some of the goals of this awareness event are to ensure medical professionals know more about the problem and to reduce the stigma attached to it.
How CVRC Can Help
Self Injury Awareness Day is a good start to helping people recognize this issue. Substance abuse treatment programs like CVRC have programs and services to assist individuals who are experiencing self harm behaviors, along with addiction.
At CVRC, we offer services such as:
- Intensive outpatient program
- Rehab treatment
- Reality therapy
- On-site psychiatrist
- Supports such as yoga, nutrition counseling, meditation, and recreational therapy
The staff at Crest View seek to treat the whole person at all times, not just during Self Injury Awareness Day. We provide support in all areas of your life to help provide coping and daily living skills for when life gets hard. You don’t have to face this trauma alone. Call our office at 866.327.2505 to begin your journey to wellness today.