We’re grateful to everyone who has tweeted, facebooked, or instagrammed photos of their wristband, and we’re glad to see so many people raising awareness and talking about Self-Injury Awareness Day in their own ways. SIAD is a grassroots movement, everyone is free to raise awareness just how they like.
Here are a few of the pics that have been shared in 2017.
— Charlotte (@_sapphiredream) February 13, 2017
#SIAD #LifeSigns Anyone from any walk of life can fall into the grips of self-injury and/or depression. It's not a "one size fits all" mental illness in that it only affects teenage white girls, guys self-injure just as much if not more than them because everyone expects them to be all manly and in control. Anyone from any background can suffer from mental illnesses. Also self-harm is not just cutting, there's bruising, burning, purging, binging, and others. So just because someone doesnt cut doesn't mean they don't self-harm. Please be considerate when addressing someone's self-harming, it's a touchy subject people don't like to talk about because they feel they'll be judged.
— The Project (@TheProjectYP) February 3, 2017
The first year I've remembered to actually buy one of these! I can't remember the last time I purposely cut myself; I think it's about two years ago. Somehow, I just didn't need to, any longer. For fourteen years, it was the norm for me to take a razor to my skin and it honestly helped, because I did survive. But, anyway. I'm not ashamed of my scars, and to anyone still struggling with this taboo: you're not alone, not ever. Just keep going. One day, it won't feel like you're existing anymore; you'll wake up one day and realise, as I did yesterday morning, that you're actually recovering. It will happen. Stay strong. #SIAD #LifeSigns #selfharm #selfinjury #selfharmawareness #si