I Don't Know How Long I Can Stay StrongAddictionI Don't Know How Long I Can Stay Strong<div class="ExternalClass0AA89CA9158E4F61A5C0CAEECD284438"><p style="font-family:georgia;font-size:16px;"><span>When I tried talking to my parents about me self harming they laughed. They honestly don't care and them not caring makes me believe that if I was gone they wouldn't care. I just wanna disappear. My friends at school come running to me about their problems and I help them. I'm struggling myself. When I come to them, they aren't there. I just don't know how much I can take this, how much longer I can "stay strong".  </span>​</p> <span style="font-size:16px;"> </span></div><div class="ExternalClass4D160DF3DA104F6B836A01949303CE22"><div><div class="ExternalClass0AA89CA9158E4F61A5C0CAEECD284438"><p class="MsoNormal" style="font-family:tahoma;font-size:16px;"><span>It’s so good that you tried to talk to your parents. It would be so hurtful to go to them and have them laugh at feelings that are very painful for you.  It sounds like you feel unheard by your friends also, and that you feel they only come to you when they need emotional support, yet don’t return it to you. Even though they aren't giving back as much as you give them, they would still be very upset if you were gone. You are clearly a very important source of strength for them. It makes sense that you would be feeling uncared for and unseen, at a time when you truly need support yourself. While it hasn’t worked to reach out to your parents, you have made a great decision in reaching out to us for support. Everyone has times in their lives that they need emotional support that their loved ones aren’t capable of giving them, for one reason or another. The best thing you can do at those times is to seek out a trustworthy and healthy alternative, such as the services we offer. We talk to people who are going through exactly what you’re going through, every day, and we can help you discover ways you can help yourself. Since it sounds like you’re feeling worse tonight than you were previously, we want to strongly encourage you to reach out by phone, chat, or text so that you can speak directly to a counselor who can help.</span></p> <span style="font-size:16px;"> </span><span style="font-family:tahoma;font-size:16px;"> </span><p class="MsoNormal" style="font-family:tahoma;font-size:16px;"><span>Thank you so much for taking this step for yourself. Speaking to a counselor about your thoughts and feelings can often help to sort out the confusing problems we encounter in life. We hope you reach out for further support!</span><br></p> <span style="font-size:16px;"> </span><span style="font-family:tahoma;font-size:16px;"> </span><p class="MsoNormal" style="font-family:tahoma;font-size:16px;"><span>Sincerely,</span><br></p> <span style="font-size:16px;"> </span><span style="font-family:tahoma;font-size:16px;"> </span><p class="MsoNormal" style="font-family:tahoma;font-size:16px;"><span>Shannon, Counselor</span></p> <span style="font-size:16px;"> </span> <span style="font-size:16px;"> </span></div></div> </div>15

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