Self-Injury Awareness Day 2014 (SIAD)
By Draco Malfoy,
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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.
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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.
I feel this is especially true of the people first reaching out as self-injurers. I don’t remember it being easy talking with non-self-injurers on general message boards. Most people were unsympathetic, some message boards would outright ban threads on self-injury. It was only after I started posting on a forum where there were other self-injurers that I started finding my own voice and started this website.
If you’re a self-injurer or are supportive of self-injurers please take this day to find your voice or use your voice to reach out and spread awareness on self-injury. Whether it’s through poster or a Self-Injury Awareness bracelet or reaching out to another self-injurer who is feeling pretty alone today.