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Self Injury Awareness by MoonlitViolins Self Injury Awareness by MoonlitViolins

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…

www.lifesigns.org.uk/what/choi…


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anniebipolar Featured By Owner May 3, 2014
I like this so much. May i post it to my fb pages crediting you? Here they are...
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MoonlitViolins Featured By Owner May 20, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm so sorry for the late reply! But I'm totally find with that and I feel honoured that you would do so :D
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xw483 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What a meaningful drawing, it's really sad that so many people have to deal with things like self harm.
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MoonlitViolins Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! And it really is sad :c
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D4Dork Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014
nice drawing and very nice message ^__^ ty for sharing
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MoonlitViolins Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sorry for the late reply but you're welcome and thank you ^^
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D4Dork Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014
np, np :iconfoxhappyplz:
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tigeatoray Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014  Hobbyist
Oh wow, that's really extreme D: I had no idea so many people did it >.< Great drawing though! Hands are tough!!
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MoonlitViolins Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist

It is, but it's so unknown because of the stigma around mental health :c

And thanks! I wasn't too confident about the hands XD

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tigeatoray Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014  Hobbyist
lol, those hands are perfecto! And yeah.... :c
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