On a sunny day of an otherwise rainy beach week, Holly saw her daughter’s cry for help. Wearing a bathing suit, the 12-year-old could no longer hide the signs of cutting — fresh pink scratches and a web of thin white scars along her torso and arms.
“My daughter’s decision to harm herself — this incredible, beautiful being I’d spent over a decade trying to protect — was far from acceptable to me as a mom. It was heartbreaking. I needed to understand why,” Holly shares in the summer issue of Vim & Vigor, our family health magazine.
Health Care Just for Teens
Our Teen and Young Adult Health Center providers help with the unique challenges that teens face.
Read this mom’s first-hand account of what she learned about cutting and other forms of self-harm. These aren’t new behaviors among adolescents. But through social media, teens can see their peers cutting and self-harming, and it can feel normal and acceptable. Holly shares what parents should — and should not — do when facing this situation.
Shoulder Pain, IUDs, ED: More Health News for Your Family
Inside the Summer magazine, you’ll also:
- Discover the likely culprit behind your shoulder pain and effective treatments.
- Learn how erectile dysfunction (ED) can cause more than frustration in the bedroom. ED is often the first sign of heart disease and should be a wake-up call for men to make changes.
- Understand the myths that keep women from taking advantage of IUDs, an effective form of birth control. IUDs are also an effective prevention and treatment for uterine cancer.
- Meet three heroes for our time and see how these employees relied on their military backgrounds to navigate changing roles during the pandemic.
Read the full Summer 2021 Vim & Vigor.