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30 Day Self Harm Awareness Challenge: Day 29

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Today’s prompt in the 30 Day Self Harm Awareness Challenge asks
Do you follow any self-harm blogs?

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I have to be honest, I don’t follow any blogs that are specifically about self harm. The reason for this is simple: I find discussion of self harm triggering, and were I to read blogs about self harm, my personal safety may be put in jeopardy. In the past I have visited numerous blogs and websites about self harm, but continuously found myself up against highly triggering images of other peoples self harm. I have never liked looking at pictures of self harm, because it makes me want to replicate the damage on my own flesh, so such content put me off visiting these sites on a repeated basis.

Indeed, I have reached a point in my ‘recovery’ where things are unlikely to improve unless I make steps towards positive change.  I need to make adjustments.  I need to have the courage to try new things.  I need to let things happen.  That is why I have decided there is no point hanging around until February, when I will most likely just remain embroiled in this current cycle of SH and over-medication.
~ from Is There Ever A Right Time, by Imillnotcrazy

However, I do read blogs that deal with the subject of self harm. I can handle these blogs far better than I can those that are specifically about self harm. Blogs such as Marci, Mental Health and More, Imillnotcrazy and My Battle With Mental Illness all deal with self harm in a respectful way. They issue trigger warnings in case the content could prove upsetting, they discuss their battles with self harm openly and honestly, and care deeply about how the subject affects not only them, but their audience. In fact, I couldn’t recommend these blogs enough. They are all exquisitely beautiful.

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8 thoughts on “30 Day Self Harm Awareness Challenge: Day 29

  1. Thanks for the mentionn and the kind words. Makes me want to continue with my blog. I hope that one day mine will look as good as your blog.
    Best wishes,
    Nezzera.

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  2. Thank you, Addy. I’m glad you find that my blog deals with SH in a respectful way…it’s something I worry about a lot. It’s obviously an important part of my journey, but would hate to think I ever upset anyone with what I wirte. xx

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  3. I dont know why some people want to post pictures of their cuts. I never quite could understand that mentality. I dont follow blogs where self harm is almost bragged about, tumblr has a lot of those types of blogs. I do also agree that the blogs you mention are amazing and very well written. XX

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    • I don’t go anywhere near Tumblr when it comes to self harm. Far too many pro-self harm sites and pictures of cuts being posted for, as you say, bragging rights. When I come across a site that deals with self harm respectfully, I am over the moon. There are far too few of them! :)

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  4. Thanks for the mention

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