[female, age 19, began to SI at age 17]
By Draco Malfoy,
Since i’ve told, it’s been harder in some ways, like having a few friends ditch me, and a few more start babying me like i’m gonna sneak off and do it all the time, but overall i think it got better after i did tell ‘cause the fear of people finding out went away, and when people reacted in a not negative way, and were understanding (sort of) about it, i didn’t feel so much shame about it. And a few of my friends are so much closer now. I can allow them to know me now, and i can talk to them because they already know my deep dark secret and haven’t left me. It makes me feel safer with them knowing they’re not gonna leave me.
Person [female, age 19, began to SI at age 17]