Disclaimer: Today’s topic can be triggering to some people, so please be considerate of other’s feelings.
Some people think that self harm is just cutting. To me, it’s more than that. Much more.
To me, self harm comes in many different forms, physically and mentally.
Physical examples include cutting and burning.
Mental examples include putting yourself down everyday and not sleeping.
Starving yourself I consider to be physically and mentally destroying. Your body goes through a lot and mentally, and you aren’t able to properly function physically.
I have seen important people in my life take part in all these different types of self harm, with the most popular two being cutting and starving.
A few weeks ago, somebody said to me, “They need to grow up and stop cutting. It’s stupid.” In return, I got very angry and defensive. Not that anybody should be doing it, but because that person is so uneducated. That’s what I want to do today. I want to shed some light into why people self harm and why it should be taken more seriously.
Self harm isn’t just hurting yourself. It’s an escape from reality. Like how some people turn to weed or cigarettes instead of taking a knife to their wrist, or going days without eating. It numbs the pain, but only for a short while. Then all that’s left is a scar to remind you of that pain. Some think it’s for attention, which people could do it for attention. But you can’t assume that about everybody. Some people out there do have very real depression and anxiety issues and that’s how they cope with it. I know many, many people who have depression and that’s their escape. Yes, they understand it’s wrong, but when you go through so much pain mentally it’s nothing more than a stress relief. It takes the bad thoughts away and replaces it with physical pain. Although it’s not the best way to handle it, sometimes it’s the only thing the person can think of or do in that moment.
If you, or anyone you know had suffered from self harm, don’t be afraid to talk to them. Sometimes all a person needs is a friend to talk to or be there for them. They might be reluctant to talk to you, which most people are when they self harm. But if that happens, you should let them know that you’re always there for them.