Yes, I want to stop self harming myself, because not only am I hurting myself physically, but i’m hurting others emotionally. Very few people know that I self harm, but sometimes that’s all it takes to change your mind about it. I always put others before myself, and with self harm I can’t really do that.. I make others upset and I make them suffer in despair. When I self injure, i’m putting me infront of everyone. I’m only thinking of myself, but at the moment, that’s all I really need to do sometimes. I want to stop, but I know that it’s hard, i’ve tried before and no success. I just know that when and if I do stop, that I won’t have any way to cope with my emotions. I’ve read some of what others say, and I agree with most, yes it’s “bad” and it’s even worse for people that have to suffer through watching you do this to yourself but I also agree with people that said no to stopping because it helps, trust me I know it does, and I feel better when doing it but then there’s that after feeling the next day realizing that all I’m doing when I self harm is putting my problems away and just making it worse when I have to actually deal with it, and I know I need to stop doing that or I know how bad things can get. I just don’t know what to do about anything, or how to deal with it, or how to go about any of this.
Person Female, Age 15, Started to SI at age 11, High School Student.