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I said, SIAD

Monday 1st March 2021 is Self-Injury Awareness Day (SIAD). What do you know about self-harm? Could you know more?

Did you know that 1st March 2021 is Self-Injury Awareness Day? To find out more about it click here

Self-Injury Awareness Day is designed to help raise awareness of self-injury and harm. Self-injury/self-harm is more common than you might realise. It affects people of all ages, sexualities, races, cultures and religions. TV and film tend to stereotype this as a problem with teenaged girls, but this is very misleading. If you take nothing else from reading this, it should be that self-injury or harm can affect anyone.

We all have ways to cope with an upset. For many of us, we find a way to express it, perhaps seek help and resolve the distress. But for some, self-harm is a coping mechanism used to handle extreme emotional distress. Put simply, for some people it’s easier to deal with physical pain than emotional pain.

There are many ways to self-injury. The most common is cutting or burning a body part – usually the arms and legs. But there are more subtle forms of self-harm such as alcohol or drug abuse. So, how do I know if I am self-harming? Well, if you are deliberately hurting yourself to relieve tension or distress, punish yourself or to cope with how you are feeling then it is self-harm and you should seek help to find a healthier way to cope.

Some people may only self-injure once, to experiment, perhaps. Some people might self-injure several times, but manage to overcome the issues or get help before things get out of control. It is important to seek help before self-injury becomes a habit or a default response.

Self-harm can be an insidious issue to have. Firstly, you are struggling to deal with an emotionally distressing event and this comes out in the form of self-injury. Then, once you have self-harmed, this can cause embarrassment, shame and reluctance to seek help for the injury and the underlying causes.  If this is you or someone you know, then seek help.

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