Today is Self-Injury Awareness Day, an international event that has been running for 17 years, which aims to raise awareness and educate on self-injury (also known as self-harm). Through this it hopes to develop understanding and empathy from those who do not self-harm as well as reaching out in support to those that do.
The issue of self-injury, however, is something that needs to be addressed all-year-round, not just for one day. As the below article expresses, simply raising awareness is also not enough. More has to be done to help support those that suffer, starting with acknowledging the stresses and strains of life that may lead to self-harm. Being able to open up and talk to those around us, finding support as well as reaching out for alternative coping strategies, is important for us all, not just those that self-injure.
Here at BYHP we offer many services to our young people, including counselling, allowing our young people to share their worries in a safe and confidential setting without judgement, as well as giving them an opportunity to find solutions to their problems for themselves. Having somewhere to talk and feel listened to helps many people experience a sense of relief as well as helping them to find ways to lead a more fulfilling life. #SIAD
Today Is Self-Injury Awareness Day and It’s Not Enough- HuffingtonPost
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