Friday, March 1, 2013

March 1st


Today is Self-Injury Awareness Day. To clear up a few common misconceptions, here are some quick facts about self-injury:

*People who self-harm are NOT necessarily: attention-seeking, suicidal, depressed, goth, or emo
*Self-harm does not have just one cause. Some reasons people self-harm are: They think they deserve it, they feel emotionally numb and want to feel something, they have been bullied or peer-pressured into it, they are trying to reach out, or because they are addicted to it
*Self-harm comes in many forms, and not all are immediately visible. Not every self-harmer cuts his or her wrists.
*Self-harm can occur with ANYONE, regardless of race, gender, or economic status. Just because someone lives a privileged life, it does not mean they are immune to self-harm.

The most important thing you can do regarding self-injury is to educate yourself. While you cannot necessarily prevent all self-injury, you can take steps to helps those you know who self-harm, as well as help diminish the overwhelmingly negative stereotypes and stigmas about those who have or still do self-harm. Remember to keep and open mind and to be there for your friends and family.

Resources:
* http://www.lifesigns.org.uk/
* http://www.selfinjury.com/
* http://www.mind.org.uk/mental_health_a-z/8006_understanding_self-harm

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