I originally intended to post this yesterday, but time slipped away from me. While it’s not technically “Self Injury Awareness Day” anymore, I don’t think it takes a specific day to spread awareness about something. So, it’s Friday and I’m sharing this with you now. I originally saw this posted on Tumblr, and as Tumblr is a maze of links and re-blogs, it was hard for me to find an original source, so far I’ve tracked it back to one blog.
Myth: People who cut and self-injure are trying to get attention.
Fact: The painful truth is that people who self-harm generally do so in secret. They aren’t trying to manipulate others or draw attention to themselves. In fact, shame and fear can make it very difficult to come forward and ask for help.
Myth: People who self-injure are crazy and/or dangerous.
Fact: It is true that many people who self-harm suffer from anxiety, depression, or a previous trauma—just like millions of others in the general population. Self-injury is how they cope. Slapping them with a “crazy” or “dangerous” label isn’t accurate or helpful.
Myth: People who self-injure want to die.
Fact: Self-injurers usually do not want to die. When they self-harm, they are not trying to kill themselves—they are trying to cope with their pain. In fact, self-injury may be a way of helping themselves go on living. However, in the long-term, people who self-injure have a much higher risk of suicide, which is why it’s so important to seek help.
Myth: If the wounds aren’t bad, it’s not that serious.
Fact: The severity of a person’s wounds has very little to do with how much he or she may be suffering. Don’t assume that because the wounds or injuries are minor, there’s nothing to worry about.
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I just think this is a topic we shy away from a lot, and maybe so many people don’t read this blog, but I’d be ashamed of myself if I avoided it too.
One of my favorite organizations To Write Love On Her Arms has a great community of people reaching out to help others, to raise awarness of SI, and show compassion. They have a list of resources if you or someone you know needs help, or someone to talk to.
There is always someone available through the Hopeline:
National Hopeline Network (U.S.A.) – www.hopeline.com – 1-800-SUICIDE