Preferably young girls between the ages of 10-17
My sister recently celebrated her 13th birthday party and I thought there would be the usual painting of nails and doing each others makeup occuring. But instead they were pricking each other with safety pins, comparing scars, and cutting themselves in front of each other. One convincing the others is was a great tool especially when you fight with your parents.
This disturbs me. More so that the age is getting younger and that they are so open with discussing it.
My parents were within hearing distance. Nothing was whispered into ears.
Also valid reasons to do it seem unclear. It's almost as if it's the cool new trend. It's now been mentioned in articles as "The Cutting Club" I'm tending to agree.
I've been a self harmer for about 8 years. It was something I hid and was ashamed of for a long time.
Is it that parents are taking cutting less seriously? Or is it that todays youth don't have the proper rolemodels? Or that depression is glorified on televion and in the media more often than before?
I don't know.
I, myself have yet to read the article that was in Teen People magazine about the cutting trend. I've experienced it first hand. My sister has started to harm herself. I've tried to talk to her about it but she shrugs it off as being nothing serious. Sometimes she says she does it because she's mad that her friends do it. So in her mind she seems to see her cutting as a way to make her friends stop cutting.
What I would like to know is if anyone has seen or read articles about this?....Any explanations or opinions?