It's that time of year again! I had been hoping to get the new and improved self-injury.net out the door by Self-Injury Awareness Day 2014 (SIAD) but I unfortunately came down with the flu and am still not entirely well.
I recently was approached by an individual fighting censorship in the UK because this website is blocked by one of their phone networks (EE). It is saddening to realize that without having legal proof that one is 18 in the UK and has the tenacity to jump through hoops to take off the content filter those with this network may never find this site and use it as a means to get support for self-injury.
Quoted in the article is this:
Young people usually feel safer first reaching out online and getting support and advice from others in similar situations, or who can at least empathize. I feel some people might think young people should only be confiding in trusted adults like their parents or educators, or those manning helplines, but self-harm and mental health issues are taboo and cause such feelings of shame. Sites like mine allow young people to talk freely without worry that people will look at them askance for mentioning self-harm, or without worry they’ll be bullied for being a self-harmer.