Unfortunately, a lot of people miss the signs that someone close to them is feeling suicidal. Because in most cases, the person suffering won't actually tell anybody, and it can be quite difficult to know, as they might act perfectly happy. One thing I would recommend looking out for is marks on the wrists, or unexplainable cuts on other areas of the body. As, contrary to most people's beliefs, it isn't just the wrists that self-harmers choose to attack, in order to soothe themselves. If you do see any marks, and they keep frequently appearing, then I'm pleading with you, go and tell an adult that you trust. Because, even if they really are animal scratches or whatever, you really never can be sure. And it's better to be safe than sorry, right?
Whilst I'm on the topic of self-harm, part of a campaign to raise awareness of self-harm and the effects it has on those around it, was to fill out a blank template of the human body, using different colours to indicate what various scars on your body are from. And so, to show my support for those going through a similar experience to what I've been through, and also to say to everyone that I'm not afraid of myself anymore, I filled in one of these templates, which I shall post below... Luckily for me, a lot of my scars aren't easily noticeable. Those that are results of accidents I had as a child, or animal scratches, etc. You wouldn't even know they were there unless I told you. But even so, they are still there... And part of this campaign, called 'My Scar Story', is that you list all of your scars, no matter what they're a result of.
Like I said before, a lot of people believe that people only self-harm on their wrists, this actually isn't true... Self-harm isn't just cutting, there are a lot of different types of self-harm. Basically, it's any act that has the deliberate intention of causing yourself pain. For example, burning yourself with a hot metal spoon, cutting with a sharp object, biting yourself frequently, scratching yourself with a sharp object or your own fingernails... All of those listed are examples of self-harm, and they can be on any area of the body. Admittedly, a lot of self-harmers tend to have some marks on their wrists, but, just because there aren't marks there, that doesn't mean a person isn't suffering, they could be somewhere else.
To show you what I mean, on my very own Scar Story, you'll see that I have scars on my legs and my wrists, of course, I'm not proud of my self-harming. But, at the time, I felt as though it was my escape from everything around me. But now, looking back on it, I realise that I should've got help in the first place.
|My Scar Story...|