This is an example of how you are a great friend to have. I don't have too much advice on this, sorry. All I can say is be nice to him or her (as you have been), and discourage the cutting. I don't know what else you have the power to do. Good luck!
HI anom33 <br />
only that person can do that by taking responsibility for their own emotions and behaviour. You can help them by being a friend but not by taking the responsibility for their health onto yourself. Be encouraging, suggest they seek medical advice and never condone their behaviour. I hope it works out for you both to stay friends but it can be very difficult as you feel the pain everytime they say they have cut.<br />
Best wishes<br />
it's becoming a trend, especially on EP...I suspect they have a need for attention, not only on hear, but in their lives too...ADHD could be the cause, cutting just a way to express it.
I've had my share of EP'ers come to me because of being depressed, most of them were cutters. I told them other ways to manage their emotions, ways I use, and that works fine for them
Tell them its an addiction and to treat it as such.
Maybe suggest counselling
Maybe suggest or try to think of safer ways to let out their pain
its a decision they have to make themselves.
try to be distracting and tell them the feeling of wanting to cut will pass?
so sad :( theres really nothing you can do if they want to do it...guess you can keep trying to talk to them and try make them see a doctor or counsellor. Don't give up on them hopefully one day they will stop. you are a good caring friend :) they are lucky to have you!