The self-harm Project

Mental Illness

April 21, 2015
A mental illness is:

- A health condition that can affect our inner and outer selves - Curable - Not a person’s choice - Serious - Not a joke

Mental illness is caused by:

 - Chemical imbalances  - Environment - Traumatic events - Birth trauma - Genetics - Other unknowns 

Mental illness can be made less severe with:

 - Therapy - Medication - Love - Patience - Life coaching 

Sings of mental illness include: 

- Suicide attempts - Self injury (cutting, burning, hair pulling, etc) - Causing harm to others - Emotional outbursts - Coping problems - Withdrawing from life and people (isolation) - Substance abuse - Hallucinations - Unhealthy eating habits - Delusions

 Mental illness can appear in:
- Males - Females - Gender queer - Children - Teens - Adults - Elderly - Anyone 

Learning about mental illness is important, because: 

- Knowledge is the first key to a better world - You can be more aware of the health of those around you - You can help people - You know the signs of someone in need - You can make a difference 

Some mental health facts are:

- It is okay to struggle with mental illness - Getting better is possible - A lot of people suffer from mental illness - Little steps can make a big impact on your mental health - Suicide isn’t the only way out - Understanding is the key to helping - Pushing people to get better can have a reverse affect

Staying Strong and Not giving up

April 8, 2015
“Staying strong and not giving up” In general that is a rather tough topic because everyone is different so I guess I am just going to try to discuss the main things and kind of pull from that, one of the biggest things to me is curiosity. You know, we got through all of this struggle and pain , but it cant be for nothing and we will never know what the reason is if we give up and our life will basically have been pointless. Imagen walking sevnty miles to see someone important, not kno...
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Trans* Support

April 8, 2015

Below are a few websites to assist those of the trans* community, such as binder programs, pakcer/stp programs and some clothing exchange ones.

Trans* communities for support:


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Chain Links

April 8, 2015

Start a chain-link and add a link to it everyday you don’t self-harm, hang it up if possible
to make this you need scissors, paper (colorful is best), and glue/tape

to make a chain link you cut a strip of paper and tape/glue the ends together

in order to attach them together close it around the previous one

an interesting way to do it is to have 2 colors of paper, for each day you have an urge but do not self harm put up one color and for every day you don’t even have an urge put up the other...

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The Calm Jar

April 8, 2015

I got all of this online at so no credit to me

A calm jar is just an ordinary jar that has glitter inside. People mostly make these to make little children calmer.
The point of a calm jar it to shake it up, then watch the glitter fall down. While you’re watching, your thoughts will become calmer. Trust me, it works like a charm! :)

This is my own little recipe on how to make a glitter jar. You’ll need glitter, glitter glue, a jar wi...

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April 8, 2015
This is similar to the butterfly project, but in a different perspective. For everyone that wants you to recover you make a bracelet to represent them and you  them and you wear the bracelets always, every time you think of cutting you will see the bracelets and think of them, all of those people who believe in you and care about you.  Add one for me!

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Bracelets for Awareness

April 8, 2015
Each disorder has a color that corresponds to it.
Schizophrenia is Gold
Bipolar/mood disorder is Silver
Anorexia is Red.
Bulimia is Purple.
EDNOS is Pink.
Depression is blue.
Self harm is Orange or Black.
Fasting at the time is Green.
Suicidal is Yellow.
Overweight/Obese is Turquoise.
Anxiety/Panic disorder/OCD is Teal.
Adding 1 white bead means you’re trying to recover.
If your bracelet is half of the color that corresponds to your disorder and half white it means you’re in recovery.
You can also make...
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The Subconcious Project

April 8, 2015

Whenever you feel the need to self harm (in anyway) write down that you did self harm on paper. Tell yourself that you self-harmed.  Write as much as you can about the self-harming you “did”   over time it becomes truthful to you, and you start to believe that you really did self-harm. This is do to a subconscious train of thought. We only know the stuff we know because we were taught it. Like that “it hurts to get a shot” if you tell yourself enough (as well as tell others even ) tha...

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The Butterfly Project

April 8, 2015
1. when you feel like you want to cut, take a marker or pen and draw a butterfly on wherever the self-harm occurs.
2. name the butterfly after a loved one, or someone that really wants you to get better.
3. Scrubbing the butterfly off is against the rules
4. if you cut before the butterfly is gone, it dies. if you don’t cut, it lives.
5. if you have more than one, cutting kills them all.
6. another person may draw them on you. these butterflies are extra special. take good care of them.

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Self Harm Alternatives

April 8, 2015
  • Say “I’ll self harm in fifteen minutes if I still want to” and keep going for periods of fifteen minutes until the urge fades
  • Color your hair
  • Count up to ten getting louder until you are screaming
  • Sing
  • Complete something you’ve been putting off
  • Take up a new hobby
  • Make a cup of tea
  • Tell and laugh at jokes
  • Play solitaire
  • Count really high
  • Surf the net for funny things
  • Make as many words out of your full name as possible
  • Count random things like tiles or sports
  • Search ridiculous things on the web
  • Col...

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