Self Injury Resources

Some people have emailed me who have been in so much pain the only way they've had to deal with it is to take it out on themselves.
Hopefully these links will help anyone who is in this position now, or in the future.

One thing to remember: self injury isn't a character fault. It's a way of coping with severe pain. I've never talked to someone who used self injury who wasn't in a tremendous amount of emotional pain.

The injuries have taken various forms. For some, cutting is a way of life. Others have told me they prefer to hit themselves or pierce body parts to release their emotions. No one has ever told me it was a suicidal gesture.

 All have told me they were in a tremendous amount of pain and carried a tremendous amount of shame in what they are doing. It is my hope that these links may be helpful to you in some way.

Pittsburgh Action Against Rape 
Redefining Healing
Understanding Self Injury Self Abuse Finally Ends
 My Home Page
Self Injury 
Secret Shame 
 American Psychological Association
This page is not meant to be a substitute for any kind of professional help. It is merely put together by a survivor who has found much of this information helpful to her healing and offered as a possible help to others. If you feel you need a professional to speak with please contact your local rape crisis center or health care professional. I claim no responsibility for the use of this page, use of content, or content of any links leading from this page. This page is offered for support of other survivors, informational, and education only.