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Why Change?

>>Why Change?
Why Change? 2018-08-01T15:52:47+00:00

Some myths about self-harm

  • “Self-harm is attention seeking.”
  • “I can’t admit to self-harming, my friends will think I’m crazy.”
  • “People who self-harm can stop easily if they want to.”
  • “My parents will say it’s a teenage thing and that I will grow out of it.”
  • “If I’m not wounding myself too much it’s no big deal.”
  • “I can’t see a doctor they will say I’m crazy.”
  • “My parents will be disappointed in me.”
  • “What’s the point? Nothing helps!”

Some Truths

  • “Self-harm is very private and personal. It is an expression of stress or distress and needs specialist attention.”
  • “No one will think you are crazy. Most people will confirm they have experienced similar feelings, even if they haven’t carried out the action.”
  • “Self-harm doesn’t only affect teenagers. It is a sign that is worthy of attention.”
  • “It’s not necessarily the seriousness of the injury but the fact the injury is happening in the first place that’s important.”
  • “Self-harm is a coping strategy to distress that is known to doctors and is treatable. Your doctor will not treat you as doing something crazy.”
  • “There are lots of effective treatments for the causes of self-harm. Take steps to do something about it – there is a point!”

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