There are a lot of misconceptions out there.
Self-harm or self-injury refers to hurting yourself on purpose and is associated with various mental illnesses, trauma, or abuse.
Most often, people use it as a coping mechanism, because they don't have or haven't found other healthy coping skills, according to the National Alliance on Mental Health.
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So if you self-harm or have self-harmed in the past, we want to know: What do you wish people knew about it?
Maybe you want people to know that you're not "doing it for attention."
Or that "doing it for attention" isn't necessarily a bad thing, because maybe it was the only way you felt you could signal you needed help.
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