Today is self injury awareness day. Wear orange and spread awareness for this often misunderstood behavior.
People think that self harming is an attention seeking, easily stopped behavior. We at 100 Reasons to Recover would like to emphasize that self harming is usually a private behavior, and most people who self harm will try to keep their scars hidden. It is also very much an addiction, so stopping isn’t super easy. Stopping is possible though. Self harming does increase a person’s risk for attempting suicide, but self harm in and of itself is not typically a suicidal behavior. If you find out someone is self harming, chances are they’ve been self harming for a while. So freaking out and warning them that they could die from this is not very helpful, since they’ve been doing it for a while and are still alive. Remember that, most of the time, self harm is a way to cope. People use it to survive. If you don’t self harm, it’s probably hard to understand how hurting yourself could make you feel better, but for some people, it does. That doesn’t mean we should just ignore the behavior, though. If you know someone who is self harming, do try to get them help. If you are self harming, do reach out for help. There are better ways to cope with what you are feeling. And there are people who can help you learn how to cope in a positive way.
Recovery from self harm is definitely possible. Just like anything else, it’s going to take time and dedication, and slip ups will happen, but it is definitely possible.
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