There is a stigma around self harm that can stop people who are worried about self harm from looking for help. Part of this stigma comes from the misconceptions that surround it, such as the idea that it is attention-seeking.
1 March is Self Harm Awareness Day or Self Injury Awareness Day. It is not easy to just stop self-harming and these annual cam-paigns continue to make more people aware of it and make it easier for people to get help and get through it. Raising awareness about self harm is incredibly important. Awareness leads to understanding and empathy, banishing judgment and fear, and reducing the number of people who feel alone and suffer in silence. Raising awareness is about educating people who do not self harm and reaching out to people who do.
Take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions about Self Harm here: OSAB Self Harm Frequently Asked Questions.pdf