Self-Harm Awareness Month

One of our missions in 2023 is protecting children & teens who are at risk for self-harm and suicidal ideation. Self-harm means injuring yourself on purpose and is often done in response to extreme emotional distress. This issue is especially common amongst young people, with statistics showing that 25% of teenagers self-harm ( It is our responsibility as mental health professionals to provide adequate care and intervention to protect our youth. Our goal at Blueskies is to provide adolescents and their caregivers with a variety of resources for prevention and intervention.  

Continue reading to learn about the warning signs of self-harm and how you can help: 

Risk Factors: 

  • Mental health issues (depression, PTSD, anxiety) 
  • Drug/alcohol use 
  • Trauma 
  • Family or social instability or isolation 
  • Extreme loneliness  

Warning Signs: 

  • Frequent or unusual injuries; scratches, bruises, bites, scars, cuts, burn marks. 
  • Wearing long sleeves/long pants despite hot temperatures  
  • Impulsivity, dysregulated emotions, outbursts 
  • Expressions of hopelessness or worthlessness 
  • Excessive isolation 

How to reduce the risk of self-harm: 

  1. Encourage social connection to improve relationship skills and minimize isolating behaviors. 
  1. Seek professional help from a mental health counselor. 
  1. Provide alternative, healthy coping skills. 
  1. Identify and manage triggers.  
  1. Create a safe home environment to minimize risk factors.  

If you or a loved one is struggling with self-injury or suicidal thoughts, please use the resources below – 

Learn more at >  

Crisis Text Hotline > Text 741741 to chat with a counselor at anytime 

Download this guide for parents & caregivers >  

Self-harm Awareness Video >   

Resources in Spanish >  

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