Base jumping and thrill seeking - sport or self harm ?

There are many ways of dealing with the stress of modern day living. If you told people you were going to jump off a cliff they might suggest you get some self harm support, but this article about base jumping highlights the thrills people seek..
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Feb. 21, 2012 - PRLog -- BASE jumping takes its name from an acronym of people jumping from Buildings, Antenna, Spans (bridges) or Earths (cliffs) and freefalling first before deploying a parachute.

It was the thrill seeker filmmaker Carl Boenish, his wife Jean and friends Phil Smith and Phil Mayfield who made the first BASE jump from the El Capitan rock face in the depths of California’s Yosemite National Park in 1978. Carl filmed the whole thing. They were also the people who coined the phrase BASE jumping.

However, the practice is seen as an extreme or stunt sport and carries a serious risk of death or injury – self harm as some cynics might call it. In fact, Carl eventually lost his life during one of these in 1984 by jumping off The Troll Wall in Norway, the tallest vertical rock in Europe.

He’s not the only one. Dozens of people have died and no one knows how many have been badly injured. Whilst most people don’t intend to self harm embarking on the sport, and in general residents or Clacton, Eastbourne or Hove are unlikely to take part, there is self harm support in Clacton – and probably other towns and cities in the UK.

Those people who take on BASE jumping often have a great zest for life and don’t intend to hurt themselves, but those people who intentionally self-harm are more used to cutting themselves with razor blades.

In fact, the experts tell us that self harming is more common than we think and every person who does so has very different reasons from the next.

According to the mental health charity MIND, people self harm for many reasons. Often they will have gone through a very difficult and painful experience as an adult or child. It is likely they were unable to access the support they needed at the time so they were not able to find an emotional outlet to deal with it.

Scenarios that might have caused this are neglect in childhood, assault, harassment, bullying or being made homeless. It is these kinds of experiences that can erode self-esteem and lead people to seek Chelmsford or Clacton self-harm support.

As their emotions have no outlet they are buried and this manifests itself in self harming as the person affected turns their anger inwards and hurts themselves to express their pain, punish themselves or keep their bad memories as bay.

According to MIND the majority of people who self harm are women, have mental health problems, are dependent on drugs or alcohol, are homeless, a single parent, have financial difficulties and feel helpless or powerless as far as managing their feelings.

Again, according to the charity, ten per cent of 15- 16 year olds have self harmed, usually by cutting themselves and they are more likely to be girls than boys. MIND’s advice on stopping self-harming is to start by keeping notes on what is going on when you want to self harm. Talk to someone supportive and work on building self-esteem. There are many organisations offering self-harm support in Clacton, London or many other parts of the UK. Don’t suffer alone.

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