How Can I Help My Friend That Cuts?

Published: September 25, 2019
Dear TeenHealthFX,
I have a friend who cuts. How can I help her?
Signed: How Can I Help My Friend That Cuts?

Dear How Can I Help My Friend That Cuts?,

TeenhealthFX is happy to hear you want to help your friend. Knowing that a friend is cutting can be scary especially when you do not know how to help them. The first thing you should do is talk to your friend and let her know that you are there for her.

Individuals who self-injure themselves do this to cope with emotional pain, anger and frustration.  This is a sign of bigger issues that need to be addressed. Your friend needs professional help.  She needs to talk to someone warm and non-judgmental. Encourage her to start by talking to her parents, doctor, or another trusted adult like a school counselor, nurse or teacher. 

TeenHealthFX has a whole section on cutting that you and your friend might find useful.  

If your friend lives in northern New Jersey and needs help finding a therapist she can call the Access Center from Atlantic Behavioral Health at 888-247-1400.

Another resource is the Self-Injury Hotline (information only, not a crisis line) at 1-800-DONT-CUT or have your friend text "Connect" to 741741.

Signed: TeenHealthFX