It is not just a fad.
It is not an extreme version of tattoos or piercings
It is probably not a suicide attempt (though self-injury is often the result of deep emotional pain or a symptom of other problems like depression, so the issue of suicide should definitely be addressed! Avoid accusations though, and understand that self-injury is most likely a coping technique rather than an attempt to end one’s life)
It is not just an attempt to get attention.
For those struggling with self-injury, one of the worse feelings is the stigma and misunderstanding surrounding the issue throughout society. Many of us who are or have been self-injurers in the past are all too familiar with the misconceptions listed above.
So, let’s drag this issue into the light and remove the stigma surrounding self-injury. If you have a story to tell, send me a link in the comments and I will post it on my Weekend Links tomorrow or Sunday. Or just take the last few hours of Self-Injury Awareness Day to spread these facts to your friends and family!
Oh, and if you’re currently a self-injurer, I get it. I’ve been there, and so have many others.
You are not alone!