Support exists at East for self-harmers


STOP!!! Self Harm

A few years ago, cutting was a form of self harm  that most high schools in America were aware about. It still happens here at Morton East — and we have resources for those who need them.

One might think that conversations about self-harm are difficult, and they can be.  But, it’s necessary to talk about uncomfortable conversations nowadays as our younger generations are breaking barriers that have been hard to break before: cutting off toxic family members, quitting toxic jobs, and dealing with lives on their own.

What is self-harm ? Self- harm describes any behavior where someone causes harm to themselves, usually as a way to  help cope with difficulties and stress. It most frequently takes place in the form of cutting, however it can be caused by any behavior that causes injury. The most common reasons people self harm are problems with family and feelings of loneliness.

“The reason why people do self harm is because they feel alone; it’s important to not judge.  Instead, make people feel like they have someone to trust,” Morton East social worker Ms. Hade said.

While we do not have a specific percentage of Morton East students who self-harm, it still does happen.  But, fortunately, most of them have gotten help thanks to our teachers, counselors, and social workers.  If you feel the urge to self-harm, or suspect someone of self-harming, or are experiencing any social emotional challenges, talk to your teacher or guidance counselor, and they will get you support.  Or, stop in the student support services offices in 306 — that’s where all the social workers are; they are sure to find you help.

It’s a fact that there are better, long term, alternatives to self harm. The pleasure doesn’t last forever, the feeling will end and the scars of trauma will remain forever. Substitute the “satisfying self-harm sensations” with other activities:  cooking, crocheting, use your hands, move your body, find hobbies for when there is a “need” to self harm.

In a crisis, Text HOME to 741741 to reach a volunteer Crisis Counselor. They will provide emergency guidance and help with your situation.

You want to get or give help but don’t know how? Telling someone about your self-harm shows strength and courage. It can often be a huge relief to be able to let go of such a secret or,  let at least share it. It’s an important step towards recovery and to feeling better.

”After I talked to someone about my self harm problem, it made me feel better and realized I had to stop and get help, ” on anonymous Morton East student said.

Are self harm and suicide the same thing?   No.  According to Morton East High School’s social worker, MRS, Hade “Self harm and suicide are commonly mistaken as the same thing.” Because of this misunderstanding, it’s more likely that people that do self harm do not want to open up about it.

”If I was to know someone that is doing self harm to themselves I would try to help them, but (even) if they don’t want my help I would find a way — even if they get mad but I will not let them go through this alone,” Morton East student Daisy Perez said.