The millennial generation experiences the highest rates of non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI) than any other age group in the country. The stresses of college life and the inability to cope with aversive situations may influence students to engage in self-injurious activities. In exploring possible remedies for this condition it was theorized that persistence may be the factor that links NSSI to suicide. It is possible that with increased frequency of self-harm, an individual could build up their distress tolerance and persevere past mental and physical obstacles in pursuit of death. One proposed solution to this problem is to teach students to strengthen their growth mindset so that they can have a healthy alternative to deal with failure. Since NSSI is the best predictor of future suicidal behavior it is important to understand how it develops and how it may be treated.
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