Mental Health Issues

Mental health issues can affect any family, at any time. Buts stigmas around these issues can prevent parents from reaching out for help, for fear that they or their child will be judged.

Fortunately, there’s hope. People are breaking down barriers and talking more openly about mental illness and mental health issues. And with increased awareness and visibility comes greater access to resources for parents who struggle with these challenges.

These videos offer parental support and information on topics such as depression, self-harm, and how to obtain the help your child needs.

What Is Self-Harm?

Julie Nelson-Kuna, PhD, LLC
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
800 W. 5th Avenue, Suite 101 B
Naperville, IL

What is Self-Harm?

Self-harm is deliberating cutting, burning, picking, or injuring one’s body as a way to cope with strong negative feelings. Activating the pain network may either numb the adolescent to feeling anything, or the pain may function as a distraction from their emotional pain. Adolescents who self-harm are often suffering from depression, eating disorders, or other mental health challenges, and they are very limited in their ability to cope with stress. As self-harm has gained prominence in media, this coping strategy may also have been inadvertently glamorized, and become another way for adolescents to experiment along with alcohol and drug use.