Everything Is Going to be Alright

Why We Self-Harm and How to Get Help

Kylie Smith, Reporter

Self harming comes in many forms: cutting, burning and even starving ourselves. This has become a way to release emotional pain amongst many teens and even some adults. People usually self harm because they feel empty inside, misunderstood, alone, and often find it an easier way to cope with hard-to-deal-with situations. However, if you feel this way you are NOT alone. More than 15 percent of students in high schools across the United States have reported struggles with self-harm. It’s not as uncommon as you think it is, and all kinds of people use self-harm as a way to cope. It’s not just the outcasts that use this method, it can be the guy that’s always smiling or even the star of the basketball team. No matter who you are, there is always a way to get help. There are many hotlines you can call and many counselors in and outside of school that are willing to give you the help you need. Times get tough and things suck sometimes, but things always get better. No matter how difficult the situation, no matter how hard it may be, it will get better. Everything will be alright, I promise.

 

HOTLINES

Self-harm: 803-570-2061

800-366-8288

Sexual assault: 877-995-5247

Suicide: 1-800-273-8255