Self-harm, sometimes known as self-injury or self-mutilation, is defined as “the intentional, direct injuring of body tissue without suicidal intent” (Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Self-harm). Self-harm can take many different forms: cutting or burning the skin, hair pulling, scratching, banging or hitting body parts, or interfering with wound healing. Self-harm is a very serious external sign that indicates internal distress. Sometimes individuals engage in self-harm when they are depressed, anxious, struggling with an eating disorder, or having difficulty building and maintaining healthy relationships.
If you, or someone you know, are currently engaging in self-harm behaviors, please seek help. Arcadia University Counseling Services staff members are able to help students explore underlying causes of their self-harm behaviors and find healthy ways to cope with distress. Call us to set up an appointment: 215-572-2967.