Blogs and stories about self harm

These blogs are written by people who have personal experience of self-harming. By writing about the issue they aim to help breakdown the stereotypes and stigmatising ideas that can be associated with self harm.

If you are self-harming you should talk to you GP for help or call the Samaritans on 08457 90 90 90. You can find more information about what self harm is from Rethink Mental Illness, Mind and the NHS.


We need to discuss mental health issues in school

We need to keep people in schools by ensuring that mental health issues are discussed, not hidden away

“So, two A’s for English I see. Well, I hardly think you deserve them given your lack of attendance to my class.” That is what my English teacher said to me on GSCE results day. It all seems so long ago now but I will never forget how my teacher decided to shame me rather than praise me for my success.

People think that mental illness is something to be ashamed of. I'm not ashamed.

For as long as I can remember I have felt like I have been burdened by living with mental health issues which almost ruined my life. The thing is, I didn’t let it, I won’t let it and as I’ve come to accept my issues - they are no longer a burden. 

The patient is a person just like anyone else: Changing attitudes to self harm

Warning, this post may be triggering for some readers.

 

It’s this year that I reach 10 years since having first been diagnosed with a mental health problem, and I’m delighted by how attitudes seem to be changing for the better, particularly in primary care, such as A&E departments. Josie's blog

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