Our expert says:
Cutting is more often than not a way of dealing with severe emotional pain. People who cut themselves are not usually suicidal as the cuts are not a direct attempt at doing fatal damage to the body. It requires specialist intervention by psychologists and psychiatrists so I hope she is receiving that kind of assistance.
Sometimes being honest is the best policy, and if the cuts are very visible it may be helpful to ask in a gentle way why she does this. Respond by listening and understanding rather than trying to argue the reasons for not doing it.
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