Students have been through a lot since the outbreak of the pandemic. School buildings closed their doors, quarantine orders kept them from friends and loved ones, and pandemic-related stresses—including anxieties about health, academic struggles, and unsafe home situations—have been overwhelming for many. It truly is a surreal time for our students.
During the 2019–20 school year, Gaggle flagged 64,000 references to suicide or self-harm in students’ online activity. Students may turn to cutting, a form of self-harm, as a way to release their pain and emotions. Teenage cutting is quite common in today’s world and is often used for relief, self-expression, or as a response to trauma, such as abuse.