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Self-Harm Awareness Day

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On March 1 we recognize Self-harm Awareness Day (also known as Self-injury Awareness Day). It’s about ending the stigma around self-harm, talking about supports and other ways of coping.

Sometimes people having a hard time might try to cope by harming themselves. Self-harm is a complicated thing.  It is not a suicide attempt, but actually something that may happen when someone is trying to cope with painful feelings.  It’s important that we recognize and support people using self-harm while trying to connect folks to resources while avoiding creating stigma. Stigma is negative comments, thoughts and actions. Stigma makes it harder for all of us to reach out for help when we need it.

There are risks with self-harm so it’s important to explore healthier ways of coping and to reach out for extra support.  Check-out our section on Mental Health and Coping to learn more.

It’s also important to talk to someone you trust if you or someone you know is using self-harm or if thoughts of suicide are happening. This could include a parent, school  counsellor, teacher your trust, or check out a Teen Clinics or your local health centre. If you don’t feel ready to talk to someone in person or aren’t sure who to reach out to you can always start by talking with a Help Line. The Kids Help Phone is open 24/7 and free to call. Their number is 1-800-668-6868. They also offer online chat and a text service if you send the word CONNECT to 686868.

Want to show your support? Wear an orange ribbon March 1. You can also draw butterflies or the word Love on your arm.

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