Those of us who do self
injure, realise that we can not always stop someone from doing so, but
what we can do is to help someone to be as safe as possible. If you do
feel like self injuring and none of the distractions are working then
please observe the following rules.
If you do want/need to
self injure, please try the 15 minute rule. When you get the urge to do
it, try and stop yourself for 15 minutes by doing something else, like
writing in your diary, watching something funny, cleaning etc. At the end
of the 15 minutes, if you still feel the need to self injure, try another
15 minutes. In most cases, the urge to self harm only lasts for about 5-10
When cutting always
make sure the instrument is sterilised or brand new.
Never share any
implements you use to si with anyone else.
Never mix alcohol or
drugs with self harm, you could end up taking it further then what you
Never si over a
previous wound, you might end up with permanent scars and cause
Always use a new
bandages or plasters when looking after your wounds.
Always choose a safe
and quiet place, not anywhere where you can be startled.
Always have a first
aid kit to hand. Make sure it contains bandages, plasters, antiseptic
your phone near by in case you need to call for help.
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