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A Survivor of Cutting Speaks Out

From: North Country Public Radio
Series: Raise Your Voice: Stories from North Country Teens
Length: 07:57

teen audio diary about self-injury, or cutting Read the full description.

Adamkristaweb_small Some 2 million Americans intentionally injure themselves to cope with emotionally overwhelming feelings or situations. It’s often called self-injury, or self-mutilation, or cutting. Krista is 15. She started cutting several years ago. She went to the St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center twice for her behavior. She now lives in a foster home in Potsdam, New York. Krista has since stopped cutting. But like many people with an addiction, recovery is a constant struggle.

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Some 2 million Americans intentionally injure themselves to cope with emotionally overwhelming feelings or situations. It’s often called self-injury, or self-mutilation, or cutting. Krista is 15. She started cutting several years ago. She went to the St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center twice for her behavior. She now lives in a foster home in Potsdam, New York. Krista has since stopped cutting. But like many people with an addiction, recovery is a constant struggle.

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Review of A Survivor of Cutting Speaks Out

This piece deffinitely reached out to the audience's emotions. However, I found the beginning a little confusing, I couldn't figure out if the piece was supposed to be a diary format or an actual newspiece. I think it might have helped to have a little background information. Other than that, I liked it and I liked the background music.

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INTRO:

Some 2 million Americans intentionally injure themselves to cope with emotionally overwhelming feelings or situations. It’s often called self-injury, or self-mutilation, or cutting.

Krista is 15. She started cutting several years ago. She went to the St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center twice for her behavior. She now lives in a foster home in Potsdam, New York.

Krista has stopped cutting. But like many people with an addiction, recovery is a constant struggle. Krista prepared this audio diary for North Country Public Radio’s “Raise Your Voice” series.

A warning: some listeners, especially young children, may find the subject matter in this story difficult to listen to.

Krista.mp2 – 6:59.462

MIXING NOTE: The story proper ends at 6:59, then the Vivaldi song reprises. That music lasts 45 seconds.

OUTRO:

Krista is 15. She lives in Potsdam. She did her audio diary as a part of North Country Public Radio’s “Raise Your Voice” series. David Sommerstein is the series producer.

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