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Cut It Out

During my twenty-one years as a counselor at Murray State, I have worked with many students who have presented with many different symptoms.  During the past ten years, I have noted a rise in the number of students who have engaged in self-harm behaviors such as cutting, picking at and rubbing their skin until sores are produced, and occasionally burning themselves.  While it is difficult to accurately determine the prevalence of self-injurious behavior, most counselors and psychologists agree that there has been a dramatic increase in the number of teens and young adults who intentionally harm themselves.  Self injurers are often reluctant to talk about their behavior and friends and family members are often shocked, scared, and don’t know what to do.  This program is planned to help sufferers as well as friends and family members.  It is also intended to provide basic information to students pursuing careers where they are likely to encounter people engaging in self harm. Learn how to approach someone you are concerned about, what treatment approaches have been found to help, etc.  


Finals are coming up soon…are you already stressing out??? Statistics on the stress levels of students in college reveal that 25% of students are poor at managing stress. Due to this stress the number of students who have engaged in self-harm behaviors such as cutting, picking at their skin, and occasionally burning themselves has risen drastically. Jane Etheridge, Director of the MSU Women’s Center, will explore this intensely emotional, sensitive issue that currently affects numerous teens and young adults and also, those who care about them in this program called, Cut It Out.  Attendees will learn what we know about self-injurious behaviors from research, who does it, why people self-harm, what helps the person who self-harms, how to help someone who self injures, what professionals can do, and helpful resources and websites. This program not only wants to raise awareness of this issue, but have an understanding of and end self-injurious behavior. Join us in this educational program about self-injury and help others Cut It Out of their lives.


If you have questions or would like more information about this program, please contact the Murray State Women's Center at 270-809-3140 or by email us womenscenter.murraystate@gmail.com


-Jane Etheridge


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