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Most help seeking begins in the context of suffering…

How God uses suffering

Paths of wisdom by Helen Thorne: Self-harm?


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It can feel a little mysterious.

Most of us try to avoid pain. But self-harm – the act of inflicting pain or injury on yourself – is far from rare. Statistics are notoriously hard to verify but it’s thought that about 13% of 11–16 year olds will try – some continue well into adulthood.

But what is it?

Unlike attempted-suicide (an act of self-injury intended to end life), self-harm is an attempt to keep living in the midst of huge pain.

We live in a fallen world. All of us know what it is to be hurt but, for some, the hurt runs particularly deep. Bullying, sexual abuse, domestic violence – even living in a perfectionistic environment – can cause devastating emotional wounds. And, as these painful situations persist…(to read more click here)

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This article was first published in the February 2016 issue of Evangelicals Now. For more news, articles or reviews, visit us online or subscribe to en for monthly updates.