Self-injury awareness day falls on the 1st of March. Conversations about self-injury can be triggering for many of us, so why raise awareness and encourage people to talk about it?
There can be few things more distressing for a parent or guardian then when their child becomes so unhappy or upset that they feel compelled to self-harm. It is therefore deeply worrying that more and more children and teenagers in this country are being hospitalised after deliberately hurting themselves.
More research must be carried out into why exactly we are seeing such a dramatic rise in self-harm amongst teenagers and young people, and the real rate of prevalence amongst young people.
Self harming can become an addiction, this is something many people don't understand. The feelings you get from releasing your sadness, anger, distress into the self harm becomes addictive. It becomes a need. I have been addicted to drugs and alcohol and self harm has been far harder to kick than either of these.
It's important to remember that self-harm is different to suicide. Not everybody who cuts wants to die. Sometimes cutting can feel like the only way to cope and stay alive. It can be easier to cope with the physical pain rather than the emotional pain.