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Self-harm, also known as self-injury, is defined as the intentional, direct injuring of body tissue, done without suicidal intentions. Other terms such as cutting and self-mutilation have been used for any self-harming behavior regardless of suicidal intent. The most common form of self-harm is using a sharp object to cut one's skin. Other forms include behaviour such as burning, scratching, or hitting body parts. While older definitions included behaviour such as interfering with wound healing, excessive skin picking (dermatillomania), hair pulling (trichotillomania) and the ingestion of toxic substances or objects as self-harm, in current terminology those are differentiated from the term self-harm.

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it's really blunt, tries to be funny but isn't but he makes a good point in all the madness and even admits to doing it himself

Contributed by Joseph Perry

Self-Harm project

Contributed by Kathryn Vercillo

Sometimes, people who are struggling may need to know just one thing, and that is this: You are loved, and it's possible to get better.

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We feel so much. Or we feel nothing. We feel hope. We feel strength. We feel despair. We feel uneasy. We feel alone. We feel surrounded. We feel abandoned. We feel. But all at once, that feeling could be gone. That’s what I always try to remind myself of. The feelings will come and go, that’s inevitable. But what we do to ourselves during those feelings, or lack thereof, will stay forever. We will forever be stained by a moment of feeling. But at that moment.. We just don’t care. We want the feeling to go away or to come back. I want to remind others also that we feel. When you call us bad names. When you mock us. When you yell, scream, criticize. We feel it all deeper than you could ever imagine. To you, its helping. To us, its more ugly scars. The mind of a cutter is.. Complex and fragile. We can barely understand ourselves so we do not expect an understanding from anyone else. You can read all the articles and research you want, but to understand an individual cutter is a whole process in its own. Do not label us because you think you understand. do not tell us what we need or try to determine our best interest. You will never know. No one will ever know. We might not even know. We thank you for your concern, but we only ask for your support. We can only help ourselves.

Contributed by Jay Rochelle

You're story isn't over yet. Recovery is possible

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To Write Love On Her Arms is a nonprofit organization that provides a resource for victims of self harm. They help raise awareness of the growing issue and direct victims towards help and getting better.

Contributed by Amberly Poe

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