This is a growing epidemic that I treat frequently. It is indeed very scary and requires careful attention. It is not always a suicidal gesture, but it cannot be ignored. If you believe your child has cut or engaged in any self harm activities whatsoever, immediate intervention is necessary.
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender teens are coming out to their friends and families at much earlier ages now. Though they enter a more educated world, they still face harsh realities that include rejection, bullying, depression and safety issues. Where they do not find love and support, they face higher suicide rates and are more likely to abuse substances to deal with their emotional pain. Parents, you make the difference. Lets work together towards love, acceptance, and understanding.