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Helping a friend stop cutting?

3 Answers
Last Updated: 10/28/2019 at 3:42pm
1 Tip to Feel Better
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Jennifer Crumlish, Ph.D.


My practice approach is collaborative and I am dedicated to providing a safe space where clients can explore issues, gain insight and become empowered.

Top Rated Answers
February 22nd, 2018 2:54am
It's hard to get a friend to completely stop self harming but maybe letting them know that you are here for them and are here to provide unconditional love and support is a great step in the right direction!
May 1st, 2018 12:31am
Talk to them. Be supportive. They most likely have a reason for cutting and if you can figure that out then you can help your friend stop cutting.
October 28th, 2019 3:42pm
The most important thing is to remember that it's an addiction. Try to understand why they do it and even if you can't, don't judge or yell at them. They are struggling a lot. There are many reasons why someone cuts, try and talk with them to figure out why they do it. Figure out what they use and ask if you can take them away. Make it clear that you are always available to help them. Only do this if you are going to be though because it'll make it worse if you say you are there and then you aren't. Try and set up an accountability partnership with them. Maybe have a way you guys can talk/communicate if they feel like cutting. If you aren't available then maybe they could write it down in a letter or journal and give it to you next time you see each other. maybe you could draw on each other's arms if they feel like cutting and you are together. the most important thing is to be there for them and never judge. Even if they relapse just be understanding, hug them, and reassure them that you still love them. You guys will get through this - stay strong