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#24
Jan 29, 2013
 
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You have no idea what you are talking about. So don't.
well said! i feel the exact same way
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Cape Girardeau, MO

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#25
Feb 5, 2013
 
Get help
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#26
Feb 17, 2013
 
I say let them kill themselves if they want to. Suicide isn't against the law in Missouri. The fact that they can't handle stress at 15 is a joke. It's so hard to go to school everyday and live off of mom and dad. If you want some attention, clean your room without being told to! Lmao!
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#27
Feb 17, 2013
 
Guest wrote:
I say let them kill themselves if they want to. Suicide isn't against the law in Missouri. The fact that they can't handle stress at 15 is a joke. It's so hard to go to school everyday and live off of mom and dad. If you want some attention, clean your room without being told to! Lmao!
Wow jerk. It must be nice to have a perfect life an no issues. You have no idea what goes on with some of these kids. Keep your ignorance to yourself. Ass.
Mom of one

Cape Girardeau, MO

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#28
Feb 21, 2013
 
My child self injures. It use to be daily. Through a 30 day specialized program and weekly group and individual therapy, she has her life on a good track now. Please go to www.selfinjury.com to get more information about the program, called SAFE Alternatives. There are forums for parents, teens, and adults as well as materials you can use with your child's therapist to develop alternative coping mechanisms for both you and your child. I HIGHLY recommend reading the book Bodily Harm to better understand the emotional, psychological and physical motivators of an individual who self injures. The program has been in existence fir 35 years. They have both an adult and teenage program. The teen program is located in Webster Groves, MO and Chicago, IL. The adult program is in Chicago. My daughter and i have the intent to be trained as self injury support group moderators and begin a support group for teens (outside of school), we began this journey13 months ago and were blessed to have found SAFE. Doctors and therapist had no knowledge of the program. I researched for days trying to find someone to help my child. SAFE is a Godsend. I am willing to talk with any parent who is going through what we are. I have learned so much. I would love to share what i have learned with anyone who is struggling.
Mom of one

Cape Girardeau, MO

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#29
Feb 21, 2013
 
Clarification: my offer to talk with anyone is to talk about self injury and/ or our own journey, including our experience at SAFE. I have tons of materials and research i would be honored to help.
Mom of one

Cape Girardeau, MO

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#30
Feb 21, 2013
 
Guest wrote:
I say let them kill themselves if they want to. Suicide isn't against the law in Missouri. The fact that they can't handle stress at 15 is a joke. It's so hard to go to school everyday and live off of mom and dad. If you want some attention, clean your room without being told to! Lmao!
People who self injure are not attempting suicide necessarily. It is simply a way to cope,(albeit a poor coping mechanism) Similar to those who do other self destructive things to cope with their daily lives (drink too much, abuse illegal or legal drugs, drive 100 mph, etc). It's just a more visible firm of self destruction and goes against everyone's basic premise of "protecting" our bodies from harm.
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#31
Feb 21, 2013
 
Concerned mom wrote:
Does anyone know if there's any type of support for kids who are cutting and harming themselves in Jackson? I've searched and can't find any meeting support groups or anything. This seems to be a real issue here. Thanks in advance for any constructive comments.
Please see my post on the second page of this forum. Would love to help!
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Saint Louis, MO

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#32
Feb 21, 2013
 
To Mom Of One, there is an excellent counselor in Cape, Patrick Tankersley. He has a great reputation for dealing with teens with these sort of problems and does family counceling also.

Good Luck!
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#34
Feb 22, 2013
 
Guest wrote:
To Mom Of One, there is an excellent counselor in Cape, Patrick Tankersley. He has a great reputation for dealing with teens with these sort of problems and does family counceling also.
Good Luck!
I have heard good things about Mr. Tankersly. Thank you for the option. My child sees Kathleen Patterson in Cape and also goes to St. Louis for peer group once a week. I guess what a lot of people don't realize is, behind the self harm, are serious emotional issues that HAVE to be dealt with or the self harm continues into adulthood. It's a family issue, in that the family system must also change in some ways. It's a long process, but worth the time and effort. My offer to talk with any parent about this is still there. NOt saying I have the answers, but I can relay what we have been through and what has worked/not worked for us.
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Mar 1, 2013
 

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be careful...most of us find better ways to hide the cuts..this cheerleader hides them under her chest..

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