January 27, 2020

Why Young People Self-Harm

Self-harming is one of those areas which elicits strong feelings such as disgust, horror and denial and many of us shy away from it, thinking it is attention-seeking, a phase the young people are going through, or copying peers.

It is prevalent among youngsters and can take many forms, from cutting, to alcohol /drug abuse, promiscuous behaviour and eating disorders. It appears that this behaviour, perhaps more traditionally exhibited by girls, is now becoming more popular with boys.

All of this throws up the question Why? Why now, why is it on the increase, what is happening in Society to cause this behaviour?

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