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.

When my OCD is bad, my friends and family are incredible

My experience of mental health, much like my condition itself, runs to two extremes. 

I first realised that I wasn't 'normal' when I was at primary school, things that didn't bother other kids would send me into an absolute meltdown. A small change like a supply teacher for the day would completely throw me.

Secondary school was even worse. I was bullied for five years and the experience still dictates my feelings about myself and my view of the world to this day. 

Support from friends and family helped most with my mental health recovery

Five years ago I experienced my first depressive episode. I felt so low inside that I could not possibly picture a happy future for myself, and so I began to self harm and have thoughts of suicide. It affected my relationships with family and friends, I didn't want to socialise with anyone.

I didn't choose depression and it doesn't define me

I think I’ve always potentially been on the edge of depression creeping into my core, from a young age. Over the years, I’ve managed to somehow only be half way there. Teetering on the edge of it taking over. Like the intruder lurking in the darkness waiting to strike!


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