SIAD occurs on 1st March every year, and has done so for seventeen years or more.
SIAD is an international event that is recognised across the globe.
LifeSIGNS is proud to have supported Self-Injury Awareness Day for well over a decade, and we’re the number one resource for SIAD material.
Raising awareness about self-injury is incredibly important. Awareness leads to understanding and empathy, banishing judgment and fear, and reducing the number of people who feel alone and suffer in silence.
Raising awareness is about educating people who do not self-injure, and reaching out to people who do.
- Our founder wrote this Huffington Post article about his self-injury and… Self-Injury Awareness Day is not enough
- Our members helped write this Huffington Post list: 11 things people Who self-harm want you to know
- We are featured in the Huffington Post: Charities reveal gulf of understanding between parents and children who self-injure
- LifeSIGNS is in the Guardian newspaper: “Self-injury blights many students’ lives“.
What you can do
LifeSIGNS can provide the resources and support, but we alone cannot fight stigma and educate everyone – we need your help. If you want people to understand self-injury better, then you need to do something, and we’re very happy to help you.
This year, we’d like to ask every single one of you to choose at least one action from the following list, and do it not only for SIAD, but for yourself. If you’d prefer to live in a world where people understand self-injury and don’t judge, where you can talk freely about mental health instead of being trapped in silence, then it’s our shared responsibility to educate our friends, family members, and healthcare providers. We’ll provide the resources, and we’d like you to do your bit by using those resources now.
Which of the following will you choose to do?
Stick up a poster
Print posters and stick them up wherever you can. You may need permission, or you may be able to use a notice board.
- Poster (photo format) click to view and save, or ‘right-click‘ to save [3.2MB]
- Poster (PDF) click to open, or ‘right-click‘ to save[3.4MB]
- Grey version (for black n white printing / photocopying) (photo format) [2.4MB]
- Grey version (for black n white printing / photocopying) (PDF) [2.6MB]
Buy a wristband – from January onwards
Buying a wristband not only raises awareness about self-injury, but directly supports LifeSIGNS by enabling us to continue our work throughout the year.
Everyone wears a wristband for different reasons – there’s always something about memory involved – remembering the past, looking at how far you’ve come, and maybe how many more steps there are to take.
Some people show their wristband openly – as they’re able to say “It’s SIAD, I’m showing my support for friends on the web who shouldn’t be alone in their struggle”.
We’ve been online for over ten years, and we do everything we do based on the funds people donate and the funds raised by selling wristbands around the world.
You really make a difference to us, and you’re helping us make a difference to people who may be totally alone in their distress, who don’t know how to ask for help, and who need just a little extra assurance to get through the day.
Hand out some fact sheets
Browse our fact sheets and print out any that are relevant in your life; leave some in your GP surgery or around work / school or college.
We have fact sheets for parents, guys, friends, healthcare workers, teachers, employers and for people who hurt themselves. Free to download, free to print, free to share.
Print our policy guidance notes and give them to your school / college pastoral care team, head, or nurse.
Creating a School Self-Injury Policy [PDF; 240KB]
Talk to a teacher and nurse at your school or college and get together a group of volunteers; follow our guidance and draft a ‘policy’ for your head teacher to review and improve.
Contact your local radio station
Make a quick call or send an email asking for SIAD to be mentioned on 1st March.
Give them our web address of www.lifesigns.org.uk and ask them to contact email@example.com for more information or an interview.
Mention #SIAD on your social networks and link to this page
Talk about SIAD on your Twitter, Tumblr and Facebook; link to LifeSIGNS at www.lifesigns.org.uk/siad/ or our Facebook Page so people can read more about what it’s all about.
Some short updates to adapt and use:
With #SIAD on the 1st of March, join @LifeSIGNS on Facebook: http://d.pr/SizK
Check out the SI awareness resources at http://d.pr/LIMy for #SIAD posters and fact sheets from @LifeSIGNS
Get an SI Awareness wristband before #SIAD from http://d.pr/X4Jg and help support #selfinjury awareness.
Self-Injury Awareness Day is a time to come together and share more information to help smash stigma: http://d.pr/LIMy #SIAD
Write an article about self-injury
Articles that discuss a person’s personal experiences of self-injury (and / or recovery) are always popular, and don’t need to be more than a few hundred words.
Consider joining the LifeSIGNS team of volunteers to raise awareness about self-injury throughout the year
For LifeSIGNS, SIAD is every day! We’re user-led and run solely by volunteers who have personal experience of self-injury.
We have grand ambitions for the years ahead, and we need our team of volunteers to grow. Please consider joining us in helping raise awareness about self-injury and supporting people in distress, throughout the year. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
What will you do?
We’ve made some suggestions, but it’s really down to you. What will you do to help raise awareness? Share your ideas by leaving a comment (below).
Remember, you don’t have to talk about yourself – you can talk about ’emotional well-being’ and what LifeSIGNS is doing – you don’t have to get all personal if you’re not comfortable.
This is a great time to ask for help and support if you’re ready to talk to someone about what’s behind your self-injury. Help yourself before you help others.
Let’s all join together this SIAD and really raise some awareness across the UK and beyond. By working together, we can raise awareness and create understanding – and change the world.