I cut myself. How do I get help without telling my parents?

girl cryingMaking a decision to stop self-injuring is a big first step. Remember that learning healthier ways to handle intense feelings will take time. The key to recovering is to get support from people who care about you and treatment from an experienced therapist or counselor. It’s very important to talk with a trusted adult such as a parent/guardian or your health care provider if you cut or self-injure. Friends can be very supportive as well, but it’s necessary that you tell an adult. Your parent(s)/guardian(s) may be upset at first, but give them time and they will very likely want to help you find ways to stop. If you feel that you can’t confide in your parent(s), talk to another adult in whom you trust, such as a relative, teacher, or guidance counselor.