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Seeking Help for Teens Who Self-Harm

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When a teenager harms himself or herself intentionally, it can leave a parent bewildered- sending them on a determined trajectory to find out why. There are more and more cases of teen self-harm coming to light with some studies showing as many as three million Americans engaging in some form of self-injury including cutting, burning or striking themselves to the point of soft tissue damage.

Tuesday at 1 p.m. on Gulf Coast Live, Karen Bucker with t he David Lawrence Center in Naples talks about what drives teens to engage in self-harm.

We’ll also talk with Adrienne Prescott, a mother who learned her daughter was hurting herself. She’ll talk about how she came to understand why her daughter was hurting herself, and how parents dealing with teens who self-harm.

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Julie Glenn is the host of Gulf Coast Live. She has been working in southwest Florida as a freelance writer since 2007, most recently as a regular columnist for the Naples Daily News. She began her broadcasting career in 1993 as a reporter/anchor/producer for a local CBS affiliate in Quincy, Illinois. After also working for the NBC affiliate, she decided to move to Parma, Italy where she earned her Master’s degree in communication from the University of Gastronomic Sciences. Her undergraduate degree in Mass Communication is from the University of Missouri at Kansas City.
Matthew Smith is a reporter and producer of WGCU’s Gulf Coast Live.