A free public presentation on self-injury will be held at 6 p.m. Oct. 11 in Marycrest Auditorium in the hospital building at Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare at 700 West Ave. S.

Clinical therapist Jill Bakalars will provide information about things to watch for in people who self-injure, causes of the behavior and how to help self-injuring people get immediate and long-term help.

Self-injury is more common than most parents, educators and medical providers have suspected. Some studies indicate that 2 million to 3 million Americans a year engage in some form of self-injury, such as cutting, burning or striking themselves to the point of soft tissue damage.

Those who want to attend the program, part of Mayo-Franciscan’s Raising Healthy Kids education series, may register by by calling 608-392-9717.

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