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Mercy for Self-Harm: Responding to the Issue

When reaching out to and ministering to an individual who might be struggling with self-harm, it is important to know how to respond with love, compassion and empathy. In this MercyTalk podcast, Stephanie Peveler, Mercy Senior Counselor serving the Nashville home, walks us through practical tools to consider.

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    Elizabeth J MacKnight July 5, 2019 at 10:11 am - Reply

    My dear friend is being treated for self harm and I want to support her during her time of recuperation. I want to support her 24/7 with the rights words. What can I say to show my unconditional love and support. What should I not say? Thank you.

    • Mercy Multiplied Staff
      Mercy Multiplied Staff July 18, 2019 at 8:53 am - Reply

      While our series “How Do We Respond” addresses phrases that can do more harm than good, none of us will respond perfectly 100% of the time with those we love. Even though we want to offer encouragement, hope and love through our words, the only one who can do this perfectly 24/7 is God. He will use us in the process true, but also trust that the Holy Spirit is doing a work you cannot, even when you are not with your friend. Our goal is to always point them to the source of true healing (Jesus Christ) and encourage them to find professional aid if they need it (which, it sounds like your friend is doing). Continue to ask God to give you the right words and rest in the truth that He will lead you in the right way for His glory (Psalm 23:3).

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