Straight Talk: Real Conversations for People Who Care About Kids


    Self-harming behavior is not a cry for attention. It is a coping mechanism that can include cutting, burning, scab picking, or other damaging actions.

    Warning Signs:
    • Unexplained cuts, bruises and marks
    • Clothing not seasonally appropriate, such as long sleeve shirts in the Summer
    • Razors, especially broken razors, found in the bathroom or other parts of the home 

    Please check out Jana Marie Foundation's Candid Conversations: Cutting and Self-harming for more information.

    Past Straight Talk Recordings on Self-harming
    Secret Ritual or Visible Validation: Understanding Self-Injury 
    Presenter:  Stephanie Colvin Roy, Director of Education and Training, Compass Mark
    Stephanie Roy spoke about an issue that is affecting kids in our community. Nationally, one in five females and one in seven males engage in self-injurious behavior, 90% begin self-injury during their teens or pre-adolescent years.  Participants examined the signs and symptoms of self-injury, the various forms of self-injury, and risk factors associated with self-harming behavior. Participants explored the influence of media on self-injurious behaviors and learn treatment, recovery, and prevention techniques for individuals who self-harm. Recorded May 15, 2013.
    The Straight Talk seminars are made possible by the Straight Talk Task Force, including members from:
    The Jana Marie Foundation, Youth Service Bureau, Communities That Care Partnership and the State College Area School District administration, faculty and staff. 
Last Modified on April 20, 2017