It is imperative to know I am NOT and I repeat NOT promoting the act of self-harm, but the awareness of the seriousness of self harm. Just so you all know
Today, March 1st, is self injury awareness day (SIAD). Self injury or self-harm "refers to deliberate acts that cause harm to one’s body, mind and spirit. Examples include cutting the skin with razor blades or pieces of glass; burning and hitting oneself; scratching or picking scabs or preventing wounds from healing; hair pulling; and inserting objects into one’s body. Cutting is the most common form of self injury among today’s youth." (Canadian Mental Health Association).
Self harm is mostly done in secrecy, and most people who do self harm aren't trying to kill themselves. Self-harm is a way of coping, letting out emotional responses, or otherwise deal with either overwhelming emotion or numbness. But just because suicide is maybe not the intent, it doesn't mean injuries cannot be life threatening, or people will get out of the vicious habit of harming themselves feel better.
It's important to raise awareness about self-harm, and recognize it IS an issue, since 13% of adolescents indicate they have done it before. Awareness promotes understanding of why self-harm is done, and thus help others break out of the habit and realize other choices of coping are out there.
So if you do self-injure, please know that you are not alone.
Information taken from: www.cmha.ca/mental-health/unde…