For Self-Injury Awareness Day, I made an orange header for my Facebook page by stitching together images I found on the web.
Self-harm is actually more common than many people think, and the sad part is that it is not usually addressed because like many harmful things, it is something that victims hide, mostly because of shame.
Here are some facts about self-harm that everyone should know about:
1) Young people from all walks of life, whatever gender or sexual orientation, or religious background, can have the tendency to self-harm, so if you’re one of them, please know that you are not alone and you can find help.
2) People who deliberately harm themselves do not enjoy it, but they have the tendency to feel it necessary, especially when they get the triggering feeling. In fact, many people harm themselves in order not to feel numb from pain, and the pain can be their form of release.
3) Self-harm is not a disease or illness, it’s an emotional difficulty that is serious, especially since many people experience it at one point or another in their life.
4) Self-harm is different from suicide. While suicide is a way of ending life, self-harm is a way of coping with it. Self-harm does end in death sometimes, especially when they push themselves too far and could not find help in time.
5) Contrary to what many people think, self-harmers don’t usually have an attention-seeking agenda, because it is a very private behavior. It is a way of expression and communication, and the perception of seeking attention make it more difficult for them to seek help, especially when they really need it.
Read more facts about self-injury and get informed on how to seek help from this website.
And if you or someone you know hurts himself or herself intentionally, help them out, or show that you support them by helping them get better with the butterfly project.
The Butterfly Project:
1. When you feel like you want to cut, take a marker, pen, or sharpies and draw a butterfly on your arm or hand.
2. Name the butterfly after a loved one, or someone who really wants you to get better.
3. You must let the butterfly fade naturally. NO scrubbing it off.
4. If you cut before the butterfly is gone, you’ve killed it. If you don’t cut, it lives.
5. If you have more than one butterfly, cutting kills all of them.
6. Another person may draw them on you. These butterflies are extra special. Take good care of them.
7. Even if you don’t cut, feel free to draw a butterfly anyways, to show your support. If you do this, name it after someone you know that cuts or is suffering right now, and tell them. It could help.