In this episode of the TWLOHA podcast, we’re discussing self-injury. It is perhaps one of the least talked about mental health challenges. You might be wondering why that is, and we think the reason can be wrapped up into a single word: stigma. While conversations about mental health have progressed a great deal over the course of the last few years, self-injury remains shrouded by shame.
According to research, anywhere between 14 to 24 percent of young adults have self-injured before, and it is often used as a coping mechanism to help someone process and deal with the intense emotions they’re experiencing. To help us continue to break down and chip away at the wall of stigma surrounding this very human and very real challenge, we’re joined by counselor Lori Vann, a trusted voice when it comes to Non-Suicidal Self-Injury, along with mental health advocates Mallory Ellington and Nik Wiles, who are both in recovery from SI.
“The number one reason people report why they self-injure is because their emotional pain was so bad... it's that distraction of ‘now I can focus on physical pain, versus all the emotional junk that’s stuffed inside.’”
This episode of the TWLOHA podcast was hosted by Chad Moses and produced by Rebecca Ebert. Music assistance was provided by James Likeness and Ben Tichenor.
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