Hey, guys, I want to talk about something rather personal and something which is very hard hitting. I want to remind you, that I am no way an expert about this. I don’t claim to be a professional in this field, I’d rather you see me as a close friend that you can come too when you’re feeling alone or need someone to talk too. This blog post is going to open up a conversation between us about a very serious topic that handles many risks. I want to provide links and resources to you guys who are struggling with issues that are very serious and go beyond a blog post. See this as a first step.
So, here we begin. Self-harm and suicide. Is no way a joke, it’s a very sensitive topic which many of us shy away from talking about, I believe that in order to reduce the rates of suicide and self-harm we need to bring awareness to this subject. We need to tackle the problem at hand.
Self Harm is the act of deliberately harming the surface of your own body, such as cutting or burning yourself. It’s typically not meant as a suicide attempt. Rather, this type of self-injury is an unhealthy way to cope with emotional pain, intense anger and frustration. It is a coping mechanism which many young teens, and adolescents express to help suppress the emotional pain. There are numerous amounts of reasons why people use self-harm as a way of expressing their emotions. People may be dealing with family problems, a bad breakup, bullying and may seem self-harm as a solution to cope with the pain.
But for now, I want to talk about Cyberbullying, and how it can lead to someone to start harming themselves. This is why it’s important that if you know someone if getting bullied online, you should report it, after all, this could help save a life.
If someone is getting bullied online, or even yourself. They are most likely going to feel lonely and isolated. They will feel as if everyone is against them, and every move that they do is being watched. They will feel scared and intimidated, instead of reaching out to family and support groups they use self harm as a ‘physical expression of emotional distress’.
If you or anyone you know is self-harming, you need to offer them the right support. Show them alternatives for self-harm to cope with the pain, spend time with them, show them love and compassion. Point them in the right direction to get help.