Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Self-Injury Videos On YouTube, Mercy Ministries Speaks Out!

Researchers are concerned about the impact of the thousands of videos on YouTube depicting self-injury. Young viewers can easily get online and see people cutting, burning, hitting themselves or even embedding sharp objects in their skin. There is growing concern that these videos may be triggering young people to harm themselves or at the very least, make the issue seem normal. These videos are being compared to the pro-anorexia and pro-bulimia forums that have been condemned in recent years.

Self-injury is up an average of 19% amongst teens and young adults! Since 1983, Mercy Ministries has been helping young women who struggle with self-harm and other life-controlling issues. It is estimated that one in every 200 girls between 13 – 19 years old is cutting themselves regularly, and over the past ten years we have seen a dramatic increase in the number of residents struggling with self-harm. Between 2001 and 2006 alone, the percentage of residents who reported dealing with self-harm went from 6% to 67%!

With over 27 years of experience and a 93% success rate, Mercy Ministries and our Founder and President, Nancy Alcorn, want to share our expertise, help, and resources. We have two books, “Cut: Mercy for Self-Harm” and “Beyond Cut.” Both books are about how to recognize the signs and symptoms of self-harm, understanding how and why these behaviors develop, and how to break free and stay free from self-harm. They include many stories of young girls, who once had no hope but now live with joy and freedom. There’s also a special section for parents and others who care about someone who is self-harming.

For more information about these resources and the work being done at Mercy Ministries, go to http://mercyministriesbooks.com/.