What's the Point of Self-Harm Recovery Jewelry?

April 15, 2021 Kim Berkley

It's easy to write off jewelry—of any kind—as a frivolous fashion statement, pretty but shallow. In the case of self-harm recovery jewelry, however, the meaning runs much deeper than that.

What Is Self-Harm Recovery Jewelry?

Self-harm recovery jewelry is more than an accessory. It's symbolic, both to the person wearing it and to others who understand the symbol and relate to its meaning. Bracelets that read "My Story Isn't Over Yet," for example, serve as reminders that recovery is always possible. The semicolon, which grammatically marks a continuation from one clause to the next, has been adopted by the mental health community as a symbol of choosing to continue on the path to recovery, rather than "ending the sentence," so to speak.

Self-harm recovery jewelry takes many forms. Bracelets, earrings, necklaces, rings—there are no rules about what can and cannot be made into a symbol of healing and support. Some forms are even meant to actively help the wearer with the recovery process. Some, for instance, can double as fidget toys to provide a distraction from cravings.

Why Wear Self-Harm Recovery Jewelry?

The first and most obvious reason why you might choose to wear self-harm recovery jewelry is to raise awareness. It's a subtle way to show support, whether for others like you or for a loved one who may be in recovery. It also invites dialogue that can help destigmatize self-harm and related issues. If someone asks about your semicolon ring, for example, this is an excellent opportunity to talk about what the semicolon stands for, and why self-harm awareness is important to you and others.

It can also be empowering to wear a symbol of something you have faced and, in some ways, overcome. Just as my scars remind me that I am stronger than my own darkness, wearing jewelry that symbolizes hope and healing can help make those possibilities feel more real. It's almost like a badge of honor—it's not a struggle I would have chosen for myself, but I am proud to have made it this far despite it.

For those who do not self-harm but know someone who does, it can be a pleasant and subtle way to reinforce your support. It's a constant reminder that you have hope for, and faith in, your loved one and will do whatever you can to pave a smoother road to recovery for that person.

And if you have lost someone who struggled with self-injury, wearing jewelry designed to raise awareness can be a beautiful way to honor their memory.

Buying Self-Harm Recovery Jewelry

If you decide you want to purchase some self-harm recovery jewelry, for yourself or a loved one, I strongly recommend buying from independent sellers and businesses that support mental health programs. Look for a seller who will donate all or part of their proceeds to a nonprofit organization or project that is dedicated to raising awareness and creating positive change around mental health challenges and treatment. This way, you'll be able to support the cause with your money as well as with your appearance.

Do you own any self-harm recovery jewelry? What do you wear and where did you buy it? Do you think jewelry is an effective means of raising awareness? Let us know in the comments.

APA Reference
Kim Berkley (2021, April 15). What's the Point of Self-Harm Recovery Jewelry?, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, July 19 from

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Lizanne Corbit
April, 19 2021 at 6:12 pm

Anything that is healthy and shown to help someone in their recovery is something that should be taken seriously. Self-harm jewelry can be extremely useful and empowering for many who use it. Wonderful suggestion to purchase from independent sellers and those who support mental health.

April, 23 2021 at 1:41 pm

Hi Lizanne,
I agree wholeheartedly. We all have different ways of coping and healing, and I hope more people will learn recognize that--both for their own sake, and others'. Thank you for your comment; I'm so glad you found my suggestions helpful!

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