I Need Help With Self-Harm UrgesAddictionI Need Help With Self-Harm Urges<div class="ExternalClass2E7258B4B49B40F9BF4B2C9A5BBC6C6E"><p><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"times new roman", serif;color:#15232b;">Is there anything I can do to help with self harm urges? I have been struggling with depression and anxiety for about a year now and I started SH a few months ago and I’m trying to quit but I have been having a really hard time. My depression has made it almost impossible to do anything and my cuts hurt really bad all the time and it feels like I’m dying but no one in my life knows how to help me so they’ve ignored it. </span><br></p></div><div class="ExternalClass07D81C1F20474811A248E53DD524FE1F"><p>​We are glad you have discovered our website and are reaching out tonight. We are sorry to hear you are dealing with depression and anxiety,  it sounds very overwhelming. When you feel this way, reaching out is the brave and wise thing to do, and we know it is not always easy. <br></p><p>We are very concerned that you have been cutting yourself. We are not making any judgements, we just want you to know we are here for you. It sounds like you are struggling with emotions, and are feeling isolated and without support. That can be a painful place to be. Once again we are glad you are reaching out. Does anyone else know how you are feeling?<br></p><p>It is important to seek  support so you do not have to carry these feelings on your own. The key is to stay brave and keep communicating. Talk about the feelings you are experiencing, this may help your family and other supportive people in your life to know how to help you. When they are only focusing on trying to help you to not injure yourself and not the feelings of why you turned to self-harm it can be hard for you to stay motivated to stop. The more you share the feelings and emotions that you experiencing the more they may understand the level of support that you are needing.<br></p><p>When trying to find your way through depression, it is important to take small steps of self-care and self-love. Start with some of the items on these lists. We know this is a tough time and it feels overwhelming but don't give up, ​​keep going:<br></p><p><a href="/pages/tip-12-steps-to-overcome-depression.aspx?Topic=Depression">12 Steps To Overcoming Depression</a><br></p><p><a href="/pages/choosing-hope.aspx?Topic=Depression">Choosing Hope</a><br></p><p>We would like to offer some options for you to consider when you feel like cutting: <a href="/pages/self-injury-learning-to-ride-the-wave.aspx?Topic=Self-Injury">Self-Injury: Learning To Ride The Wave</a><br></p><p>You will also find more great tips and journal pages. Spend some time looking through the tips and tools on <a href="/Pages/default.aspx">yourlifeyourvoice.org</a>​​.<br></p><p>Please stay brave and keep in contact.  Remember, there is no judgement.  We know you are hurting and want to help. <br></p><p>Sincerely,<br></p><p>Heather– Counselor<br></p></div>14

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