Self injury awareness day (SIAD) is an international event that brings awareness to those who self-harm across the globe. SIAD launched in 2002. This campaign may only be one day but they work on bringing awareness all year long. When we understand the reason behind why people self-harm. We can help them or at least be there for someone who feels like they are all alone. To acknowledge self-harm awareness day you may see someone wearing an orange ribbon. They also may write “love” on their arms or draw a butterfly on their wrist. The goal of SIAD is to breakdown the common stereotypes that surround self-harm.
Those who self-harm usually also suffer from a mental illness. Self-harm is not considered a mental illness. There are two million Americans that self-harm. The most common form of self-harming is cutting. Someone may also burn themselves, or pull hair out. The wounds from self-harming may scar and never go away. While self-harm is hurting yourself on purpose it is not a suicide attempt. It is a sign of emotional distress. They may experience guilt and shame after hurting themselves. Self-harm is usually starts with the overwhelming pain, anger or frustration. This will only get worse the more you self-harm. People who self-harm stimulates your endorphins. So harming yourself is like a release from the pain.
Seeking help can help you mentally to where you won’t want to hurt yourself anymore. Someone who self-harms may be more likely to attempt suicide. If you know someone who self-harms talk to them. Ask them how they are doing or if they want to talk. Encourage them to seek help because most are unable to stop harming themselves on their own. Tell them there is nothing wrong with seeking help because we all need help from time to time. ❤