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Avoiding Self-Harm While Driving

Avoiding Self-Harm While Driving

Keep Your Eyes on the Road and Not on Your Skin

Whether or not you’d like to believe it, the uncontrolled obsessiveness many have with their phone is similar to how people feel when they need to self-harm. Here’s what I mean by that analogy.

When you’re driving, distractions are everywhere. You may not realize you’re distracting yourself by making your music louder or adjusting your sunglasses in the mirror, but you are. Whenever your eyes are off of the road for a second, you are that much closer to getting in an accident.

We have seen so many deaths and injuries from texting related incidents and it’s extremely hard not to look down at your phone during a commute. Most of the time, you have no reason to look at your phone in the first place, but you are just drawn to it, automatically.

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The Comfort Level in Discussing Self-Harm

The Comfort Level in Discussing Self-Harm

To Talk or Not To Talk About Self-Injury

When it comes to talking about uneasy topics, everyone holds a different opinion. Many people stray away from conversations surrounding religion or politics because it makes them anxious. Maybe you feel uncomfortable when others openly discuss sex or drugs because you’ve never been that way.

For some people, discussing difficult topics can be more comfortably done in a personal setting while others would rather talk about it in a large group. When I speak to health classes about my novel, Noon, I find myself more at ease talking about my past relationship with cutting to a larger group.

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Opening Up to Loved Ones About Self-Harm: Facing Those Fears

Opening Up to Loved Ones About Self-Harm: Facing Those Fears

It has never been an easy task discussing my self-harm. Even after five years without an intentional mark, I still fear talking to family members and friends about it. When speaking to health classes about my novel, I find it much easier to bring forward my experiences with self-harm and suicide. However, when it comes to one-on-one conversations, I tend to freeze.

It really is important to be able to talk about these struggles and we all know this to be true. Talking about self-injurious behaviors can be one of the scariest things to do and that’s why it is so important to spread awareness of the topic.

However, how come it is so difficult to talk to loved ones about our experiences with self-harm?

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Self-Harm and Depression: How do You Handle the Hard Times?

Self-Harm and Depression: How do You Handle the Hard Times?

Recently, I’ve been in a major funk. In my last blog, I brought up that I’ve been in a pretty low state and haven’t felt this way since, well, high school. It’s scary when old emotions come flooding back, especially if those emotions are negative. I’ve been feeling over-tired and unmotivated. I’d rather lie in bed all day than bring my dog for a walk or clean the apartment.

However, over the past week, I have been really trying to push myself forward.

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Speaking About Self-Harm is a Great Coping Skill

Speaking About Self-Harm is a Great Coping Skill

This past year, I’ve spoken to numerous Syracuse high schools about my novel, Noon, and the self-injury topics discussed in the book. Like I’ve said in my past blogs, one character struggles with self-harm and suicide. A lot of my past experiences go into her scenes and, sometimes, I feel bad that I threw all of my baggage into that character’s life. However, it does work as quite the positive self-injury coping skill.

Recently, I spoke to a high school about the book and realized, again, how useful it is to talk about the struggles you’ve gone through. It allows you to really open up and show your braver side. This blog was a huge step forward in my opening up about self-harm.

When you have the confidence to talk about your past, it shows how much you’ve grown.

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Five Years Self-Harm Free: Vlog Dedicated to Brother

Five Years Self-Harm Free: Vlog Dedicated to Brother

I made my last, intentional self-injury cut on the night of October 14, 2008. I was sitting in the bathtub, staring down at a bobby pin and crying about the news I’d gotten that morning. The news had been devastating and to this day, still leaves me in disbelief.

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Self-Harm and Sticking with Therapy

Self-Harm and Sticking with Therapy

When it comes to counseling and therapy, almost everyone feels anxiety. Before stepping into an office for the first time, you feel unsure and stressed. Some people don’t think they need to be going to therapy and feel forced. Some people don’t believe that therapy will help and that it is simply a waste of time. Sometimes, it takes numerous sessions before any kind of opening up happens.

One thing that is concrete about therapy is that it never hurts to try.

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Self-Harm and Writing: Expressing Emotions

Self-Harm and Writing: Expressing Emotions

During my self-harming years, writing was my main outlet and focus. All my life, I’ve been writing, but as a teenager dealing with deep depression and a parent’s divorce, writing became more than just a hobby. It became the one coping skill I could really count on.

Well, until my floppy disk would crash (yes, floppy disk).

I’m not trying to push writing onto self-harmers who are seeking a positive coping skill to replace their negative one. I’m just putting it out there as an option. There are many other creative ways that can help you stop harming yourself. But since writing is the skill that practically saved my life, it is the one I know best.

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Flashbacks of Self-Harm: “The Ex Factor”

Flashbacks of Self-Harm: “The Ex Factor”

Whether you haven’t self-harmed in years or are currently in the battle, flashbacks of weak moments always pop up. It’s inevitable that you’re going to see a scar and remember the reason it was put there.  These moments can come from a song, a place or even a person.

Such as an ex-boyfriend or girlfriend.

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Speaking to Loved Ones About Your Self-Harm

Speaking to Loved Ones About Your Self-Harm

It is terrifying to talk about your self-harm if you are having difficulty coming to terms with it yourself. It is even scarier to talk to loved ones about your self-harm issues because it can be just as scary for them too. Not many people understand why self-injurers do what they do and where the need to cut or burn drives from. Sometimes, even the self-harmer doesn’t know why or how they started to do what they do. Distraction? Accident? Boredom? No matter what the trigger was and how it started, self-injury becomes an addiction and it can be terrifying to try to make others understand it.

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