An important and practical piece from Nicole Lyons at The Lithium Chronicles. Self-harm can also be psychic, where the cruel things we say to ourselves, the way we beat ourselves up for real or perceived faults, can leave hidden but deep scars.
I wrote a piece for IBF awhile back that they use in their resource section, and one for Psych Central as well. Here I will sum those up a little.
While I see the progress that we have made in understanding, treating and accepting mental illness, there is still a mountain of misinformation that is being expressed when it comes to self-harm, and I believe one of the reasons for that misinterpretation is because we’re just not talking about it enough.
Why aren’t we talking about it? Because it’s scary, uncomfortable and oftentimes distressing, and we don’t know how to fix it; but the reality is that it’s happening, and chances are it’s happening a lot more than you realize.
The silver lining here is that there is hope, there is always hope. Before we get to the resources and ways to cope and heal, we need to establish fact…
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