|Posted on June 28, 2010 at 2:04 PM|
In working with other survivors I have met some young women that are desperately trying to be heard through self harming. I was fortunate to have the opportunity to spend some time chatting with some of them and learn more about why they cut themselves. Rather than try to explain it here, you can get more information on this site.
One of the young woman that I met has become a very close friend and I love her dearly, even though we haven't actually met in person. When I met her online she was in a very bad place in her life and had gone back to cutting herself. After a very short time I saw her get out of an abusive situation, move to a new state for a fresh start and go to a hospital for treatment. As soon as she got out she started working on a website to help others understand what cutting is about and how it affects the people who do it.
This cutting is a sign of emotional pain, more often than not from some kind of abuse. It is something that can be recognized if you are looking. It is mostly done on the arms, so if you notice a number of cuts (they do try to hide them), please pay attention. They need your help and don't know how to ask, so offer it.
For someone who is cutting call, 1800 DONT CUT