I May Not Pass This GradeSchoolI May Not Pass This Grade<div class="ExternalClass3F3F2842BBA24994B0B85A4DCA00B072"><p>​<span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"times new roman", serif;color:#15232b;">I feel stressed, I may not pass this grade and i feel like if I don't I will try self harm and other things. I feel like I need to be punished for this and self harm is the only way I can solve that.</span><br></p></div><div class="ExternalClassE035FADF928348B79D944D26B6F2F844"><p>​Thank you so much for messaging in. It sounds like you're experiencing a lot of stress right now because of school. We're glad you reached out to talk about some of the things you're considering. </p><p>You mentioned self-harm is a coping skill that you've thought about using if you don't pass this class. Have you let anyone else know that's something you're thinking about? Maybe a parent, teacher, or school counselor? Sometimes it can feel so overwhelming when you're going through things like this, but talking about it can help you see other solutions or ways to problem solve. </p><p>You're worried about passing your grade, have you talked with your teacher about possible extra credit points? Or assignments you may be able to re-try to get higher points? Most often teachers will try to find some ways to help you get your grade up. </p><p>Self-harm can be something you turn to when you don't know how else to express your emotions. Whether they're anger, sadness, frustration… It is important to be able to process and express those things, but it's even more important to find <strong>safe ways</strong> to do so.</p><p>If you're angry maybe you can do things like going outside and YELLING REALLY LOUD! Or running, punching your pillows on your bed, or even just crying can be helpful. </p><p>When you feel urges to self-harm sometimes you need to distract yourself for just a short period of time to let that urge pass. We encourage you to take away the things you might use to harm yourself and put them away in a cupboard, give them to your parents, or throw them away. Then, you can try making a list of things you can do instead of those things. </p><p>I'm going to include some links here that talk about different things you can try when you may feel like harming yourself. </p><p><a href="/Pages/tip-control-your-urges.aspx?Topic=Self-Injury">Controlling Your Urges (yourlifeyourvoice.org)</a></p><p><a href="/Pages/Self-Injury-Learning-To-Ride-The-Wave.aspx?Topic=Self-Injury">Self Injury: Learning To Ride The Wave (yourlifeyourvoice.org)</a></p><p><a href="/Pages/tip-99-coping-skills.aspx?Topic=Coping%20Skills">99 Coping Skills (yourlifeyourvoice.org)</a></p><p>We know that the things you're going through are hard. But please know we're here for you. We're available by email but we also have counselors standing by the phones if you want to call in, or available by text. We can be reached 24 hours a day. You can call into 1800-448-3000, or text VOICE to 20121. </p><p>We're here for you and we believe in you. <br></p><p>Stay safe, </p><p>Whitney- Crisis Counselor<br></p></div>13

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