Ten Things Not to Say to Someone Who Self-Harms

The one I heard the most was “stop looking for attention.” I’ve also heard “do it right the next time or don’t bother.”

Rose with Thorns

Self-hate and self-harm When we don’t know who to hate, we hate ourselves. – Chuck Pahlahniuk

For centuries, people have used self-harm to cope with life or discipline themselves. From religious ascetics to depressed teenagers, SIB (self-injurious behavior) can be found in all cultures and eras. Some societies have embraced it while others criticize it. Currently, most people lack awareness and even empathy for this symptom of mental illness.

I am not going to debate what drives every form of self-harm and the validity behind those motives. There are people who believe one can self-harm for good reasons. However, any form of inflicting pain on oneself (outside of for some extreme purpose) is problematic. Yes, that is very controversial and black-and-white. Yet, I have seldom, if ever, seen an exception to this.

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2 thoughts on “Ten Things Not to Say to Someone Who Self-Harms

    • They are indeed. People have a lot to learn about not only how to treat a person who is struggling with mental illness, but how to treat each other in general.
      Thanks for stopping by.

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