Today, March 1st, is Self-Injury Awareness Day, a global grassroots campaign to raise awareness of self-harm and try to beat some of the common stereotypes that abound about the condition.
- Self-harming behaviour is most common amongst young people aged between 12 and 24 but can occur at any age.
- Self-injury is not about attention-seeking and not often associated with being suicidal.
- It is usually a coping mechanism; used to communicate or deal with emotional distress.
You can show your support for SIAD by wearing something orange, including a wristband, bracelet, ribbon or even nail varnish or simply drawing an orange circle on your hand.
For more information or support, visit Mind's page about self-harm. If you want to talk to someone confidentially, you can contact ChildLine or Samaritans. Please remember, you are not alone and you don't need to suffer in silence.
"Everything will be OK in the end; if it's not OK, then it's not the end." - I don't know who said this but I think it's a good thing to remember.