I feel so worthless and helpless all the time. I feel like no one wants me around, and that nobody cares about me. People don’t realize that I’m putting up a mask, so that way they don’t have to deal with what I’m going through. So that I’m not a bigger burden to them than I already am. So people take my niceness and my ‘ability’ to not let things get to make as an invitation to step right all over my feelings. Nobody wants to help me. So that’s the only way I feel like I can help myself.
Person [female, age 17, began to SI at age 13, high school student]