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What to Do When a Teen Self-Injures on Your Mission Trip

Mission trips provide adventure and an opportunity to get a break from life’s normal routines and scenery. Many students welcome this change and can easily leave behind things that might distract or burden them from fully embracing the trip, others can’t help but carry those things with them. Students who struggle with mental health inevitably bring those struggles along, adding an element of unpredictability to their experience. Some of these students might engage in self-harm as a coping mechanism to manage stress, anxiety or overwhelming emotions.

What does this mean for youth leaders on a mission trip? This guidebook is designed to answer that question.

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This guide book created in partnership with TreeHouse. TreeHouse is on a mission to end hopelessness among teens. Learn more at treehousehope.org.

How to Handle Teen Self-Injury on a Mission Trip