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Teen Girls Self-Harm Group

S.H.E.L.L. – Self-Harming Ends, Loving Life

Teen Girls Self-Harm Group

This Teen Girls Group is designed to help young girls ages 13 and above who have had past issues of self-harming or who are currently engaging in self-harming behaviors.


Incidence of self-harming have been rapidly increasing.

Self-harming can occur in several different ways such as cutting one’s skin, scratching, burning (either with cigarettes or an ice/salt combination), pulling one’s hair, biting self, or picking at sores thus not allowing the sores to heal. The most common forms of self-harm is cutting and /or scratching.

Bad things happen in life, and as humans, we find ways of self-soothing during hard times much as a baby who sucks his thumb in order to feel better. Children who self-harm have picked a method of self-soothing that happens to be injurious rather than helpful.


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S.H.E.L.L.
Self-Harming Ends, Loving Life

Teen Girls’ Group
MONDAYS
7:30-9 p.m.

Designed to help young girls ages 13 and above who have had past issues of self-harming or who are currently engaging in self-harming behaviors.

NEW MEMBERS WELCOME


S.H.E.L.L. offers an educational and experimental approach to learning healthy coping skills, learning about and accepting emotions and developing a positive self-image in a supportive and non-shaming environment.

$200 MONTHLY
AVERAGING $50 WEEK

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  • DEVELOP HEALTHY COPING SKILLS
  • LEARN HOW TO IDENTIFY AND ACCEPT STRONG EMOTIONS
  • LEARN ALTERNATIVE BEHAVIORS TO AID IN COPING RATHER THAN ENGAGING IN SELF-HARM
  • IMPROVE EMOTIONAL REGULATIONS
  • REDUCE AND CONTROL DEPRESSIVE SYMPTOMS AND ANXIETY

Self-harming is a private activity, thus the parents usually are the last to know. It is often discovered because the child’s friend discovers the self-harming and reports it to either a school counselor or their own parent, who then inform the parent of the child who is self-harming.

Self-harming usually is inflicted upon the body either on the arms, upper thighs, stomach, or breasts.



There are several reasons why a person may self-harm.

  • The person has very strong emotions and doesn’t know how to cope with them, thus they cut so he/she can focus on the physical pain rather than the emotional pain.
  • The person has ignored emotions to the point where he/she feels dead inside and cuts in order to feel something.
  • The person “enjoys” the rush of adrenaline that often accompanies injury to the body.
  • The person feels the need to punish self.



What are some indicators that a teen may be self-harming?

  • Wearing long sleeves, hoodies, sweatshirts, or jackets when it is warm outside.
  • Wearing multiple bracelets on one or both arms (covering up injuries).
  • Wearing sweatbands around wrists (it’s not in fashion).
  • Association with one or more friends who also self-harm.



Tools of choice in self-harming usually include:

  • Scissors
  • Knives
  • Razors
  • Pins (safety and straight)
  • Anything else sharp



Be aware that many children will initially deny self-harming (to friends, siblings, and parents) and try to explain away current wounds, such as saying they have skin conditions, the cat scratched them, a bottle broke on them, etc. If you suspect your child is self-harming, then assume that you are right and get professional help.

PARENTS: Fight the urge to feel guilt if your child self-harms; it isn’t useful! At this stage, getting help is the main goal, not taking on guilt.

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