A recent study shows that more people are depressed now, than ever before. High school students and college students are the typical age groups that struggle with self inflicted pain, by cutting themselves.
A student from West High School, Alex Ward is trying to help teens overcome their self injury compulsions that are a symptom of depression. Mr. Ward and a couple of his high school friends started a support group called The One Hope.
The group has a Facebook page and a Website that allows anyone to seek advice and express their feelings, in a comfortable setting. The Facebook group has over 350 friends that Alex and his friends have been able to reach out to.
Mr. Ward said that he started this group because he was once a "cutter", who did not know who to turn to, for fear of judgement. He says he does not want anyone else feeling the way he did, and wants to offer as much support and advice as he can to his peers.
One counselor from McLennan Community College says she has dealt with students who are cutting for a number of depression related reasons. She says, "for a lot of people it's a coping mechanism...cutting becomes a way to deal with those feelings." .
Counselors suggest that anyone struggling with self inflicting pain talk to a friend, and also an adult, who can give guidance and advice through the difficult time.