Updated: May 14
Have you ever walked by someone and saw cuts on their wrists? Seen them pull down their sleeves to hide the scars and cuts? Maybe you assumed that they got hurt by the door or maybe a pet scratched them but all of us turn a blind eye to reality because it is grim to believe that someone would hurt themselves. Self Harm is one of the most dangerous things that society tends to ignore and tell the people who are in pain that they are just doing it for the attention. It is of the intention of hurting one’s self, direct to the body tissue, with or without the intention of suicide. A person is in so much emotional pain that even the slightest of physical pain helps them forget about the problems they are trapped in but it leads to unhealthy behavior and self destruction. That statement is, sadly, the ultimate stigma of self-harm. The media has played a small part with this stigma, portraying self-injurers as being the ones who sit quietly in the corner, cutting their arms and crying. We have grown up in a world where people throw judgments at people and no matter how hard you may try to rip off those labels, they seem to stick like super-glue. Self harm is not done for the attention but because a person is trapped in their mind with such emotional pain that even the smallest relief or distraction can make them feel good. The physical pain is a distraction for them to be able to think clear; physical scars and wounds will heal but the emotional wounds, they take time and agonizing that many people are not able to bear it. Self-harm is a serious public health problem and young people are particularly affected by it. Therapeutic relationships provide the foundations for mental health practice with people who are experiencing threats to their physical and mental health. An effective therapeutic alliance is one of the key factors that help patients to develop alternative modes of coping with intolerable affects when self-harm has become common. Society treats people with mental illnesses like they are being unreasonable and it does not occur. It is treated like something that we should be ashamed of instead of getting help that will make us better. Raising awareness on such topics can change lives and show people that it is okay to have a mental illness. It can even save a life. Seeing scars fade should be a sign of strength instead of a reason to make more.