Understanding self-mutilation among teenagers

There’s a new article by Kelli Woodard at Youth Ministry Exchange about a disturbing, confusing, and surprisingly common phenomenon among young people: self-mulitation, or “cutting.” It can be hard for a parent, youth minister, or other adult to understand why a teenager would hurt themselves; and if medical resources about self-mutiliation are scarce, resources exploring the spiritual side of cutting are even more so. But cutting is a serious issue and a symptom of very real emotional problems that must be addressed.

Woodard’s article is a good primer on the cutting phenomenon, and offers practical guidelines to help you respond appropriately if the issue ever crops up in your family or youth ministry.

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