How To Help Your Teen Fit In Socially and Deal with Self-Harm

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In a sit-down conversation between top youth motivational speaker and teen coach Jesse LeBeau and top licensed psychologist Dr. Elizabeth Lombardo, the importance of having a healthy social circle and addressing self-harm is discussed. Below are a few things to explore.

The Importance of a Healthy Social Circle:

  1. Emotional Support: A healthy social circle provides emotional support, relieving stress, and promoting overall well-being.
  2. Positive Influence: Friends play a significant role in shaping behaviors, attitudes, and values, making a positive social circle vital for healthy development.
  3. Sense of Belonging: Being part of a supportive group fosters a sense of belonging, reducing feelings of isolation and promoting mental health.
  4. Opportunity for Social Skills Development: Interacting with peers within a healthy social circle allows teenagers to develop and refine essential social skills.
  5. Improved Mental Health: A positive social circle contributes to improved mental health, reducing the risk of anxiety, depression, and other mental health disorders.
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To help teenagers struggling with self-harm, parents can consider the following strategies:

  1. Approach with Empathy: Remain calm and nonjudgmental when learning about self-harm. Offer empathy and open up a caring conversation, allowing your teen to express their feelings and concerns.
  2. Seek Professional Help: Self-harm carries serious risks and often requires professional intervention. Ensure your teen receives the necessary support from therapists, counselors, or specialists in the field.
  3. Create a Supportive Environment: Foster an environment of trust and understanding, where your teen feels safe to communicate their emotions and concerns openly. Offer ongoing support and reassurance.
  4. Educate Yourself: Gain knowledge about self-harm, including warning signs, triggers, and coping mechanisms. Educate yourself about the available resources and treatment options to better support your teenager.
  5. Encourage Healthy Coping Mechanisms: Assist your teen in developing healthier alternatives to self-harm as coping mechanisms. Encourage them to engage in activities such as exercise, creative outlets, mindfulness, and seeking support from trusted individuals.

Providing nonjudgmental support, seeking professional help, and creating a nurturing environment are crucial steps in helping teenagers struggling with self-harm. An empathetic approach, combined with education and guidance, can aid in their recovery journey. Remember, seeking external support and remaining patient are key components during this process.

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