Hillside Blog - Self Harm

Adolescent Suicide Risk Factors, Warning Signs & Protective Factors

Adolescent Suicide Risk Factors, Warning Signs & Protective Factors

By Gaan Akers, LPC, NCC / January 12, 2022

Adolescent suicide can be a difficult topic to face, but it is one of the most important concepts for parents and guardians to recognize to…

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A woman sits on the edge of a bed. She looks sad and concerned, with her fist in her hand and her elbows on her knees.

Helping Teens Who Cut

By Gaan Akers, LPC, NCC / December 21, 2021

Parents and guardians want their children to be happy and healthy. You may try your best to give your child the world, but sometimes their…

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A boy is sitting on the floor against a couch with his hands on his head. He looks depressed, and a man is talking to him.

Non-Suicidal vs. Suicidal Self-Harm

By Gaan Akers, LPC, NCC / November 22, 2021

Differentiating the characteristics of non-suicidal and suicidal self-harm is crucial when you are concerned about a loved one. These behaviors represent significant health risks for…

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A girl sits on a couch with her arm wrapped around her knees. She is looking out a window, deep in thought like she's sad.

Why Do Individuals Self-Harm?

By Gaan Akers, LPC, NCC / August 12, 2021

Self-harm is a common behavior, particularly among young people. It’s estimated that approximately 18% of adolescents overall have harmed themselves intentionally. Females are at greatest risk…

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Top 13 Alternatives to Self-Harming Behavior That Actually Work

By Gaan Akers, LPC, NCC / September 7, 2017

Self-harm is also an outward expression of a dangerous thought pattern. Inflicting pain on oneself demonstrates a lack of coping skills and can be a sign of a serious mental illness. Self-harming behaviors can develop out of a lack of effective coping skills and may spiral into depression. Read more information on healthy alternatives to self-harming behavior!!

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