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Help? - April 26th 2015, 07:16 AM

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I can't do this anymore. I want to so badly. I've tried and come so far, but I can't anymore. I want to get help, but I don't want my parents to know. I can't take it..
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Re: Help? - April 26th 2015, 02:14 PM

I'm so sorry you're struggling so badly right now. I can relate to how you're feeling and know that its hard to get through moments like you're going through but you've done great to reach out to us here and to try and get some help. I know that must have been really quite difficult to start opening up about things so be proud of yourself for that.

You CAN beat these urges. Have you seen our list of alternatives to self harm in the forum? If nor maybe you could take a look? There's lots of good idea's on there that can be really helpful like reading, writing, going for a walk, talking, watching a film, painting, etc. I know these urges are really strong and you want to give in to them, but they are just urges. They don't control you, okay? YOU control them and you deserve so much more than self harm and I really believe that you can beat them. Don't let the thoughts take over. You take control of them instead.

And getting help? Go for it. If your parents find out then they find out but that doesn't matter because A) you deserve the help and B) Your parents love you and will be wanting to help and support you and that's going to help you too. So many people around you can help you if you let them in. Your GP, parents, friends, us, teachers etc. So don't be alone, okay?

Hang on in there and stay strong.

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Re: Help? - April 26th 2015, 05:44 PM

I agree with what has been said. Try to use some alternatives. When you're struggling, sometimes all of your coping skills go down the drain and for that case I suggest writing a list so you have it to refer to. If you're able to find a lot of alternatives, maybe you can decorate a shoe box or a container to keep them in. Maybe you can consider making a calming jar. It's a fun craft and watching the glitter is a good distraction!

Try to remember that every urge will pass. It can be hard to see that, but it will. You're strong and you can most definitely make it through the urges you're experiencing.

Like it has been said, talk to someone you trust about what you're going through. You can't do this alone and you deserve as much support as you can get. I know reaching out can be a challenge, but talking about these intense feelings get better with time. You can consider bringing a friend along for support, or bringing items that you find soothing. You can also write a note so you can express your thoughts in a way that makes you comfortable.

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Re: Help? - April 29th 2015, 04:26 PM

Thanks. That all really helped a few nights ago!
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