It was 70 degrees today in Denver. People were outside in shorts and t-shirts, welcoming summer with open arms and exposed skin.
I passed one girl and noticed cuts up and down her arms.
I recognized them immediately. They were the end product of self-injury.
And seeing them broke my heart.
It reminded me that people are hurting. And people are cutting themselves to deal with the pain or the pressure or the loneliness.
An estimated 12–23% of adolescents today self-injure. Nearly ¼ of the adolescent population.
That number is staggering.
So what can we do? How can we respond? [Read more…]