Although deliberately hurting or harming oneself seems unthinkable for most, there are some individuals who do make that choice.
There has been a 70% increase over a ten year period in young adults who were identified as engaging in self-harming behaviors. This is alarming and these issues need to be addressed. Our bodies are the Temple of the Holy Spirit and those who engage in self harm are experiencing great emotional and spiritual pain.
This pain creates personal and relational tension. Acts of deliberate self-harm bring an immediate reduction of tension according to the current research. Self-harm may be a way to cope with intense and intolerable emotions. If these emotions are identified and addressed, the need to harm one’s self is reduced.
Healthy, secure relationships help us learn and practice healthy, ways to solve problems. This is our focus at HeartLife Professional Soul Care. Some of our clinicians have specialized training in treating this complex problem.
“The Lord hears his people when they call to him for help. He rescues them from all their troubles. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed. The righteous person faces many troubles, but the Lord comes to the rescue each time.”
~ Psalm 34:17-19