Self-injury, also known as cutting or self-mutilation, occurs when someone intentionally and repeatedly harms herself/himself. Its estimated that about two million people in the U.S. injure themselves in some way. The majority are teenagers or young adults with young women outnumbering young men. They are of all races and backgrounds.


Self-Injury Awareness Day March 1st.

  • By KimberlyV2009 · New reply March 1, 2014
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  • Self-Injury Awareness day is on March 1st. Which is only a couple of week away. There are many people out there that have never heard of self-injury. This is something that needs to be spread world wide ...

The Butterfly Project.

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  • By bandgeek7350 (Inactive) · Posted January 14, 2014
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  • Okay, so there's this thing called the Butterfly Project. Every person who loves you and tries to stop you from cutting, or forces you to eat, or any other way of stopping your self harm, you add a butterfly ...

Strong Urges that keep getting stronger

  • By Perfect-Chaos · New reply September 26, 2013
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  • Hey all, I'm new here, actually this is my first post ever here. So, honestly I'm a little nervous! So please bare with me! Anyway.... So, for the past month, I've had strong cutting urges, my moods have ...

what to do

  • By dannilee · New reply September 7, 2013
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  • so im locked away in this hell hole called heartland nursing home. I cant walk or stand or pee or do anything by myself. I call myself an ex cutter because its been long enough since ive cut that the ...

Ready to just hack away

  • By skittl3zsxybt · New reply June 26, 2013
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  • I'm so upset I have been more and more depressed more anxiety more manic episodes more OCD stoping me from the world and the life I deserve I'm just so angry with myself that I can't fix things an just ...

Anyone else have a problem with self harm?

  • By skittl3zsxybt · New reply June 4, 2013
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  • Hey my name is Brianna I'm 23 now and have been a cutter since I'm 8. My cutting went through phases over the years on how I did it where I did it and why I did it. One thing is I don't try to kill myself ...

Has anybody heard from Waterbiskit???

  • By smeraz43 · New reply June 4, 2013
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  • Was wondering if anybody has heard from waterbiskit??we usually chatted everyday and then everything stopped on 2/20/13!!! I know he was down and out about his many health problems and all....He talked ...

self mutilation/injury

  • By mackyfaith · New reply January 12, 2013
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  • Its really hard to admit but i think am loosing it,and still since the doctors cant tell mewwhat exactly is wrong with they say bipolar ,tomorrow boderline,othertimes major depression.they change ...

Open wounds open truths

  • By absentwillow · New reply December 1, 2012
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  • I am 33 years old and I have been cutting for 18 years. The reason why I am writing is because I know there's a lot of stigma surrounding this issue for which I can understand. I also understand how others ...

Hallucinations - voices and sounds

  • By lamikens · New reply June 19, 2012
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  • Hello everybody! I am trying to learn about hearing voices in people who have bipolar, schizophrenia, or any other mental illness. If you have heard voices (or sounds), can you describe your experience ...

Always Over looked

  • By SurroundingHope · New reply June 16, 2012
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  • I read about cutting a lot now and I find myself asking people what they think of it. People see it as just trying to get attention, yet most keep cutting hidden. I don't open up anymore, because for ...

Scars New and OLd

  • By CaseyFacey · New reply May 18, 2012
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  • Hi my Name is Casey im 24 i was diganosed with bi polar and depression and anxiety at 13 ive always had a hard time coping with my life my childhood was pretty good but i still had problems up until about ...

Self Injury

  • By DahliaAutumn · New reply October 13, 2011
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  • I just thought I decide to start a discussion on self injury. I'm not trying to offend anyone since I self injure myself. I guess I can start off the discussion on whatever anyone wants to say or talk ...

obsesive picking at your skin and hair/ related to previous article posting

  • By ange906 · New reply October 13, 2011
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  • when I went to the dermatologist in the 1990's all the doctors could tell me was to see a therapist which I all ready was. They had no diagnosis for that, at least not for me...DBT is what worked for ...

Living with a Purpose

  • By ColleenEnnis · New reply July 4, 2011
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  • Hi all! I have suffered with mental health difficulties for as long as I can remember. Looking back at my history amazes me. I was big for huge suicie attempts. i.e. driving car into a tree going 90 ...


  • By Marmeladov · New reply October 22, 2010
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  • I used to think I was a cutter. But I never went deep enough. It was never enough to give me the satisfaction I needed.The knife just wasn't sharp enough. Yesterday, I dug through my dad's medical supplies ...

Research Links Slitrk5 Gene to Obsessive Grooming

  • By MHANational_DF · New reply June 4, 2010
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  • Hair pulling (trichotillomania) and compulsive skin picking (dermotillomania) - millions of people find themselves execessively "grooming" themselves as a way to relieve stress, or alleviate some discomfort ...

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