Just went into my room to cut and I open my box where I keep my blades and this is what I found
Parenting; you’re doing it right.
I reckon that there are more people who self-harm than people realize, coz the average person assumes that self-harm = cutting wrists, when in reality it can be a whole number of things. I refused to label what I did as “self-harm/injury” for a long time for this reason. But I do self-harm, and my heart goes out to every one of you who struggles with it.
Social anxiety isn’t cool.
OCD isn’t cool.
Bipolar disorder isn’t cool.
Depression isn’t cool.
Cutting isn’t cool.
Phobias aren’t cool.
Trauma isn’t cool.
Sleep disorders aren’t cool.
Eating disorders aren’t cool.
They’re real things, they’re scary, and pretending you have them is just fucking obnoxious and an insult.
The butterfly project is a therapy designed for people who self harm. Whenever the person wants to cut, or harm themselves they are supposed to draw a butterfly in the place where they would do it instead. I have been a cutter for 9 years and I am proud to say that I stopped many months ago. I was confident enough in this that I decided to make my butterfly a permanent fixture.
This is beautiful. Tattoos should be meaningful I think, it makes them so much more a part of a person.
I was sitting with my boyfriend’s family once and his little sister said, “No daddy, those are people that cut themselves. They’re stupid. I don’t know why they don’t just kill themselves in a faster way.”
I wanted to cry. My boyfriend laughed. I think he forgot my battle.
41% of people believe that self-harm is selfish. 55% believe that it is stupid. 43% know someone that has self-harmed. One in ten people have harmed by the age of sixteen.
Self-harm does not make you suicidal. It does not make you emo. It is simply a way that many use to rid themselves of stress or pain or whatever it may be. Over 3 million people in the US have self-harmed or still do.
Cutting is not just a girl’s disorder. Anyone can do it. Males, females, and persons that don’t fit into the gender binary. And it is not just teens, either. Both Princess Diana and Johnny Depp have gone through it. The person who always seems happy could be victim to it. Anyone.
There are other forms of self-harm besides cutting or mutilation. There’s CSP; a disorder where you’ll pick at your skin, bite your skin, bite your nails, or pull out hair, usually when you’re bored or due to perfectionism. There’s also burning yourself, and other things that could cause injury such as hitting yourself or other objects.
Some people don’t realize they’re doing it.
Some people don’t think it’s wrong. Some people become addicted. People don’t hide their cuts or marks hoping someone will find them unless they actually want help to get better. It’s often hidden because they’re afraid of someone seeing. People don’t show off their scars because they’re cool. They’re just there. And there’s no point in hiding them. Often people become proud of their scars because they know they’re past it.
An orange ribbon is used as a self-harm awareness symbol. Those suffering from it or have been through it or support it often wear one. To Write Love On Her Arms is amazing for what they do. They help people get past their self-harm or addictions or suicidal thoughts. Many people don’t support TWLOHA, but I think it’s an amazing cause.
You do not have to have gone through anything like this to support it. Sometimes all people want to know is that they’re not alone. Don’t judge someone based on the marks they have on their arms. You don’t know what they’ve been through. Rather, be proud of them for making through it. Life can be a bitch.
Someone could really use this coming across their dash. Reblogging.