Lantern is a weekly recovery program for teenage girls struggling with a present or past addiction to self harm, the group meets weekly on Tuesdays at 7 pm.
At the Root of Self-Harm
Self-harm, or self-mutilation, is the act of deliberately inflicting pain and damage to your own body and can include cutting, burning, scratching, and other forms of injury. The other forms of self-harm include consuming toxic amounts of alcohol or drugs, or participating in unsafe sex. While self-injury can look like attempted suicide, and some who self-harm go on to actually attempt suicide, many people who intentionally hurt themselves are simply taking extreme measures to distract themselves from their problems and release themselves from unbearable mental anguish.
If you self-harm, your inner turmoil may build up because you’re unable to express painful emotions. Self-injury may temporarily help release pent-up feelings of anxiety, but those raw emotions will build up again and again, as will any guilt and shame you feel, until you get to the root of the problem and learn healthier ways to cope.
Why Harm the Self?
Self-harm occurs most often in teenagers and young adults and, in fact, approximately 10 percent of American teenagers are thought to engage in various self-harming behaviors. The roots of self-harming behavior are often found in early childhood trauma, such as physical, verbal or sexual abuse. Self-mutilation is not only a coping mechanism and possible indication of serious mental health issues, it can be an attempt to regain control after a particularly disturbing experience.