Self Harm

By Whitney Wilson and Jeremiah (Space) Cadet

What is it really?

Self harm is defined as the intentional, direct injuring of the body most often done without suicidal intentions. Some examples are cutting, burning, hair-pulling etc. Of course the repercussions of all self harm are negative and almost always lead to scars or other marks that the person usually stresses over to conceal. Usually, people dealing with these issues are overall unhappy with events or the quality of their life. A good majority of the causes are from verbal abuse, or even cyber bullying. This shows that the power of words can cause people to think lesser of themselves as human beings and more as a waste of space.

What else is there to do?

Instead of hurting yourself, think and do the positive things happening in your life, like a hobby that you like to do, or hanging out with your friends. Have some ice cream, listen to music, or take a nap. Whatever pulls you out of the deep dark cavern, do that instead of thinking of hurting yourself. Thinking of negative things only fuels the depression, so be optimistic.
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Helpful Links and Stuff

- -- LGBT suicide prevention

- 1 (800) 273 8255 -- National Suicide Prevention Hotline

- -- National Suicide Prevention Website

- -- American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

- -- Self-harm Lifeline

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