March 1st is Self-Injury Awareness Day and here are some ways to observe it:
- Check on a friend / young person in your life. It’s possible to feel alone even when surrounded by friends. Use today to check on a friend or someone who might be struggling. Let them know you are there for them.
- Wear an orange ribbon to show your support for the cause and anyone who might be struggling. It’s a great way to identify yourself as a safe person for someone who is struggling.
- Speak to a professional. If you or someone you know engages in cutting or other self-harm practices, seek support from a mental health professional. There’s absolutely no shame in taking care of yourself or the people you care about by seeking help.
- Donate your time, energy or money to a nonprofit that offers support resources to those in need.
In case you are in need of support or want to #giveselflessly, here are some organizations offering support to those who self-harm:
National Alliance on Mental Illness – Link to Donate / Support
What started as a small group of families gathered around a kitchen table in 1979 has blossomed into the nation’s leading voice on mental health. Now it’s an alliance of more than 600 local affiliates who work in your community to raise awareness and provide support and education that was not previously available to those in need.
Fountain House – Link to Donate / Support
Fountain House is a national mental health nonprofit fighting to improve behavioral health, increase opportunity, and end social and economic isolation for people most impacted by mental health problems. It draws on more than 200 community-based social rehabilitative programs, known as clubhouses, to fight for the dignity and rights of people with serious mental illness. With clubhouses in nearly 40 states and more than 60,000 members, Fountain House is transforming how the world sees mental health.
Self-Injury Foundation – Link to Donate / Support
A non-profit organization created to offer hope in the recovery process for adolescent and young adult self-injurers and their families. They strive to raise awareness and create positive outcomes for this hard-to-reach population, providing resources to navigate the journey towards wellness and recovery.
YoungMinds – Link to Donate / Support
UK’s leading charity fighting for children and young people’s mental health. YoungMinds wants to see a world where no young person feels alone with their mental health, and all young people get the mental health support they need, when they need it, no matter what.
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