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Cant take it back - April 5th 2014, 02:46 AM

Today I participated in the What I Be Project where you take your biggest insecurity and put it out into the world to over come it. I did my history of self harm. I have been a month clean, but now I am really triggered. I am freaking out about the fact that all these people now know this about me and I can't take it back. I don't know what to do.
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Re: Cant take it back - April 5th 2014, 03:30 AM

Hey there!

I think it's good that you participated in that project and told your story. Your story; what you've lived through is very important. You still have a long story to live through and I truly hope that you will see happiness someday. Within the past few years, the estimated percentage of people who self-harm has skyrocketed. However, that most likely isn't even the correct percentage because a lot of cases remain unreported; and people go without the help that they need. I bet that at least one person who you shared your history with self-harm with self-harms too, or knows someone that does. By sharing your history, you helped with awareness of self-harm and that's great! You probably helped some people by sharing this.

Congratulations on being a month free! That's a big accomplishment and you should be proud of yourself. Have you considered rewarding yourself for all of your hard work? You could also come up with a reason or an incentive to maintain being free. Here is a list of alternatives that are really useful. There's a lot on here, so try some until you find what works for you!

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Re: Cant take it back - April 5th 2014, 02:44 PM

Hey there,

First of all, one month clean is really amazing so you should be really proud of yourself for that!

Try and reassure yourself that none of the people who have seen what you have written will judge you. I bet that, if anything, they will think that you are brave and strong, because it takes SO much courage to share something like this to the world. Like Cassie said, I'm sure at least one or two people, if not more, who have seen what you have written, have self harmed or known someone who has.

People also might get a better understanding of self harm from reading this, that it's not this glorified thing, but IS something to be aware of.

I know that it's really scary right now since you just posted it, but remember, I'm sure a lot of the people who do this project are really supportive and understanding. I bet they'd be there for you if you need, and we're here for you too!

Cassie gave you a really great link to a list of alternatives to self harm. These are healthier ways to cope, so I hope you can find one there!


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