YOU ARE NOT ALONE. HERE ARE PEOPLE JUST LIKE YOU WHO HAVE FOUND HOPE.
• There are many people who turn to self-injury to cope with the pain in their life. You are not alone, but self-injury is a dangerous way of coping with emotional pain. Many times self-injury can lead to accidental death because self-injury methods went farther than the individual intended.
•It is important to find healthy ways of coping with pain.
•Though it can be scary, it is important to locate a trustworthy adult to talk to. Self-injury can be very difficult to overcome if you do not have a support system. It is vital to find someone that you can reveal your struggle with.
•Identify triggers for self-injury. These can be internal or external triggers. External triggers can include being alone, and having access to materials for self-harm. Internal triggers can include negative thoughts, emotions that you find you can not manage any other way, painful past experiences, etc.
•It is important to avoid external triggers. Make sure that you are around others as much as possible, and remove your access to self-injury materials. You need someone to talk to regarding internal triggers. Do not expect yourself to handle emotional pain on your own. Seek professional help.
•Continuously remind yourself of why you made the decision to find a healthy means for dealing with the pain in your life. Be patient with yourself if you find yourself turning to unhealthy coping methods, and quickly get back on track to working for healthy coping.
•Ask your primary care physician for a referral.
•Talk with your school counselor about finding help.
•Ask family or friends to recommend someone based on their experiences.
•Check with your Health Insurance Company, church, or community center.