Warning: Reference to SH

Today is Self-Injury Awareness Day.

For decades, talking about this was considered socially unacceptable: thought of as a moral failing of the individual involved and those that raised them. Now, though far from perfect, it is more commonplace to see folks sporting commas and semicolons (and ampersands and even barcodes) in a variety or ways.

I have not had a SH incident in 17 years or so, but that doesn’t mean the mental and physical scars aren’t there, or that the ideation is long gone. Each day is a conscious decision to not go back to that mental state.

Whether you are 1 day or 50 years without incident, I am proud of you. That takes courage and confidence and control. And if you’ve relapsed, it’s okay to start again. You are not a failure; you are loved and valued and appreciated and the world is a better place for you being in it.

If you’ve never struggled with SH, I can guarantee you know someone who does, whether or not you realize it. So be kind, because you never know the struggles others are facing.

And if you find yourself in a tough mental place considering drastic actions, please reach out for help. In the US, you can call 1-800-273-8255.

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