Struggling with Self-Harm: Finding Hope and Help

Self-harm stems from pain so deep it feels as if it is the only way to take away the emotional pain.  If you have been abused, hurt, rejected, abandoned, or experienced anything else that has caused you emotional trauma and you have turned to self-harm to cope...we are here for you.  If you feel like you are alone in your struggles with self-harm...we are here for you.  If you feel that you don't know where to go to get help...we are here for you.  If you feel that you are past the point of getting help...that simply isn't true...we are here for you.  Be encouraged by these girls that have battled (and still do) with cutting and self-harm but have found help and support through their struggle.

I Was About to Cut

I found TheHopeLine by accident, but I'm so glad I did. I have been through years of abuse and battle persistent depression. At my lowest point, the guy (Hope Coach) helped me fully vent, and gave me additional resources. They took the time to hear my story, without any judgment.~ Valorey  

Relapse Was Knocking

I heard self-injury knocking at the was the only thing that my anxiety stricken-mind could comprehend as the only way out, but my spirit knew the repercussions of relapsing. I spoke with a Hope Coach who helped me recognize the victory of my extended abstinence from self-injury and encouraged me to reach out to a trusted friend, despite my fear of being vulnerable and admitting that I wasn't okay. I am blessed beyond measure for the reassurance and encouragement for it was God who orchestrated the conversation and filled me with the courage to overcome what I thought would be a devastating victory for the enemy." ~ Alyssia

My Depression and Cutting

For the longest time, I was so depressed. I coped with it by cutting and just hurting myself in any way. My depression overcame me and I honestly wasn't the same. I was never truly happy anymore. I never went out with friends and I never was okay again.

The cutting would just get worse every day. The urge to cut got stronger and stronger as each day went by. It was scary how depressed I was. But then I decided that I didn't want to feel like this anymore. I talked to people about it. I saw a therapist and I contacted TheHopeLine. With so much support, I felt like now I had hope of getting better and felt like I had a purpose. It was amazing how I can go from this depressed and anxious person to a happy and free individual. ~ Lila

Recovery is Possible

Hello, my name is Hannah. I am a teenager, we tend to be confusing and difficult to relate with. This may be due to the fact that everyone is different, which brings the topic of self-harm, cutting, relief, or however else you may want to put it. Some people think that cutting is weird and what people who strive for attention do and others think it's the only way to survive, a way to stay alive a way to feel.  For me...cutting was attention to myself.  I felt alone. Being alone is hard especially since they're billions of people who live on this planet. So whether you believe that people do this to flash their scars online or to relieve the pain that has been brewing inside. Cutting is something that people do. It can be considered a tragedy or a beckoning for hope.

For me, my silent cries were answered by the people I thought could never parents. It was the actual hardest thing to tell both of them. The second hardest was when they asked how long this had been occurring. And the saddest thing was to see them crying when I showed them all the scars I had. But it was the tangible help I received that became the most amazing thing to ever come out of my "problem."

My personal advice is, I know how hard it can and will be to feel alone, to feel like everyone is all set without you, but cutting is a step that you don't and shouldn't have to take. Even if your parents aren't a focal point for recovering, you have teachers, peers, TheHopeLine and even the police.  Anyone can be your reason for feeling something other than nothingness, and you don't have to ruin the only thing that you have to live in - your body. ~ Hannah

For more help with self-harm, read this encouraging story from one of our guest bloggers, Breaking Free from Self-Harm.

TheHopeLine Team
For over 30 years, TheHopeLine has been helping students and young adults in crisis. Our team is made up of writers and mental health professionals who care deeply about helping others.
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