Someone sent the following:
At my school, heaps of people started to SI this year. Most of them just do it because their friend said it’s ‘cool’, or whatever. I’ve noticed that I kind of want to keep self injuring until they’ve all stopped, so I can show myself that I wasn’t just following. That I actually have a problem, that just so happens to show itself again when others thought of it as a fashion statement. I think I should stop, but I don’t want to know myself – wrongly – as a follower.
1. What advice would you give this person? Do you think they should stop or wait until everyone else has stopped self injuring cause they think it’s cool?
2. Does your school/college know about your self injury? How did they react?
1. How long have you gone without self injuring before?
2. When trying to stop SI, do you find that you act differently? (e.g. act out, get really angry, fight with friends and family.)
3. Do you think this behavior is normal for someone who is trying to stop self injury? If no, what healthier behavior would you suggest?
1. Are you scared/ashamed of what others may think of your SI?
2. Have your friends ever confronted/asked you about your SI?
3. In your opinion, do your friends have the right to see your self injury even if you don’t want to show them?
1. What would you tell someone who is clearly only hurting themselves for attention?
2. To people who know about your SI, do you often talk about the reasons why you do it? Do you tell them all (like parents, friends, doctors, therapists etc.) the same reasons?