When you just need some peace: self harm isn't what most people think it is

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I'll be honest, I don't do poetry. I'm not very good at it. But I read them. A lot. About the blood running down your wrists. About the thoughts of the gun to your head or the pills in your hand. I read them. It makes me feel as if I'm not the only one. Like someone else understands. Like they care, even if they don't know me.

There are a lot misconceptions about self harm and suicide. I just want to clear some of them up.

M: Only lonely kids do that.

A: Anyone can self harm. Everyone has at least thought about self harm or suicide when they are down or upset. Not all of them do it, but they have thought about it.

M: Only emo kids hurt themselves.

A: Most of us are actually not emo. You don't have to be emo to take a blade to your skin. It seems like such a simple concept to take away the pain, doesn't it?

M: If you self harm, you want to die.

A: Most people that self harm actually don't want to die. They self harm to stop the thoughts of suicide. They do it to keep a "happy" life instead of ending a life.

M: People just do it for attention.

A: People actually try to hide the scars instead of showing them off. Some people do it for attention, but it's mostly because they want something to change. But most do everything they can to keep them hidden: long sleeves, bracelets, makeup even.

There are many others, but those are the main ones. If you have any other questions or anything else, just inbox me at I_Am_In_Love_. I will always answer you. I also would love to hear any of your stories. And I will help anyone if they want to. I also give support. Pretty much anything. Just inbox me.

This is just a book of mine that has some of my journal entries in it, the story of my life (which you can skip if you want. I don't mind), and some really moving stories of other people that I have heard. I only share others' stories if they give me permission of coarse.

And for those of you that know all too well the feeling of cold metal on your empty skin, don't give up. You will be okay and I am living proof that things really do get better. I promise! :)

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