self-harm

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Kids' Mental Health Tools For Suicide Help, Coping Skills, And Professional Support

Apps, sites, and text hotlines help kids cope with mental health issues from cyberbullying to suicide. Read...
Common Sense Media    |   06.10.19   |   SHARE
Families
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When Mental Illness Hurts Too Much To Talk About 

I have a mental illness. I am mentally ill. I can barely bring myself to say the words. I have not uttered the phrase “I am mentally ill” out loud. Read...
Miriam Datskovsky    |   12.4.18   |   SHARE
Long Reads
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Voice Lessons: Why I Speak Without Raising My Hand

Our noises are more than just vibrations; our soundings help constitute our presence in the world. Listen to me: what I have to say right now matters Read...
Kerry Neville    |   02.13.18   |   SHARE
Long Reads
I wavered between pride and self-loathing. Those marks were mine; I had made them.

On Self-Harm: The Scars That Remain 

The first time I was inspired to injure myself was when I was thirteen. I had just read Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls, an Read...
Patricia Grisafi    |   10.4.16   |   SHARE
Minds
Gender dysphoria can lead to overwhelming major depression and anxiety. Image: Thinkstock.

When Gender Dysphoria Triggers Self-Harm

Trans people struggle with disproportionate levels of anxiety, depression, and other mental health challenges. This is because we don’t identify with Read...
Courtney Cameron    |   06.9.16   |   SHARE
Voices
Believe me when I say that I know depression.

What 'Depression' Actually Means (Because Some Of You Don't Know)

[CN: suicidal thoughts, self-harm] Why is it OK to minimize the symptoms of a serious, debilitating, chronic condition with no cure just because it’s Read...
Elis de Guerre    |   05.27.16   |   SHARE
VoicesMinds
My tattoos have become a protective buffer against self-injury and an important step in refashioning my journey toward wellness. Image: Thinkstock.

How Tattoos Helped Me Recover From Self-Injury

[CN: cutting, dissociation, auditory hallucinations] I struggle with the need to have physical, visible proof of my inner world. That’s when I Read...
Renee Fabian    |   05.4.16   |   SHARE
VoicesMinds
Bonded in blood and hashtags.

The Dark Side Of Instagram: Bonded In Blood And Hashtags

There are thousands of photos, on Instagram alone, of bleeding wrists, razor blades, scars, and quotes about death. The captions read: “beautiful,” “ Read...
Whitney Hawkins    |   11.20.15   |   SHARE
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