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Coping Methods To Stop Self HarmAddictionCoping Methods To Stop Self Harm<div class="ExternalClassCD3A1A8C36B14D8581AE6CACA7591F29"><p>​<span style="color:#595959;font-family:georgia;font-size:16px;">Hi, I 'm new to this kind of stuff, but my friend who noticed my self harm scars recommended talking online about it. I think I should talk about my self harm habits. I know a ​couple coping methods but I really don't feel like I know any that help me. </span>​</p></div><div class="ExternalClass87F606B116EA4041ADC16D38D1F039CE"><p class="MsoNormal" style="font-family:tahoma;color:#595959;font-size:16px;"> <span>​Thanks for reaching out through Your Life Your Voice today. It sounds as though you are going through a difficult time. Having issues with self-harming can be overwhelming; however, it is not going to solve or help the problem.  Since you did not specify a reason as of why you are cutting, we can’t tell if it is a coping skill or if it is to end your life.</span></p> <span style="font-size:16px;"> </span> <span style="color:#595959;font-size:16px;"> </span> <span style="color:#595959;font-size:16px;"> </span> <span style="font-family:tahoma;color:#595959;font-size:16px;"> </span> <span style="font-family:tahoma;color:#595959;font-size:16px;"> </span> <span style="font-family:tahoma;color:#595959;font-size:16px;"> </span> <p class="MsoNormal" style="font-family:tahoma;color:#595959;font-size:16px;"> <span>If you feel as though you cannot keep yourself safe from self-harming, we encourage you to call our Hotline, and talk with one of our counselors. We are here to help you and want to talk with you about this. It’s important that you utilize healthy coping skills to cope with this emotional stress. Self-harm is a negative coping skill, as this may temporarily cause a sense of relief, but it will not fix or help the underlying issue that has caused you to want to self-harm. It also can create more problems.</span> </p> <span style="font-size:16px;"> </span> <span style="color:#595959;font-size:16px;"> </span> <span style="color:#595959;font-size:16px;"> </span> <span style="font-family:tahoma;color:#595959;font-size:16px;"> </span> <span style="font-family:tahoma;color:#595959;font-size:16px;"> </span> <span style="font-family:tahoma;color:#595959;font-size:16px;"> </span> <p class="MsoNormal" style="font-family:tahoma;color:#595959;font-size:16px;"> <span>It is good that you are reaching out to find more and better ways to cope with your feelings.  Have you talked to someone about how you feel?  Try some healthy coping skills to replace the negative once. This could be doing activities you enjoy, writing in a journal, listening to music, calling to talk with someone at our hotline. We have provided a link to more coping skills ideas (below) and encourage you to check them out. It can take time to find the right coping skill for you and will not happen right away. The important thing is that you are trying new things.</span><span> </span> </p> <span style="font-size:16px;"> </span> <span style="color:#595959;font-size:16px;"> </span> <span style="color:#595959;font-size:16px;"> </span> <span style="font-family:tahoma;color:#595959;font-size:16px;"> </span> <span style="font-family:tahoma;color:#595959;font-size:16px;"> </span> <span style="font-family:tahoma;color:#595959;font-size:16px;"> </span> <p class="MsoNormal" style="font-family:tahoma;color:#595959;font-size:16px;"> <a href="/Pages/tip-99-coping-skills.aspx"> <span>http://www.yourlifeyourvoice.org/v2/Pages/tip-99-coping-skills.aspx</span></a> </p> <span style="font-size:16px;"> </span> <span style="color:#595959;font-size:16px;"> </span> <span style="color:#595959;font-size:16px;"> </span> <span style="font-family:tahoma;color:#595959;font-size:16px;"> </span> <span style="font-family:tahoma;color:#595959;font-size:16px;"> </span> <span style="font-family:tahoma;color:#595959;font-size:16px;"> </span> <p class="MsoNormal" style="font-family:tahoma;color:#595959;font-size:16px;"> <a href="/Pages/tip-choosing-the-right-coping-skill.aspx"> <span>http://www.yourlifeyourvoice.org/v2/Pages/tip-choosing-the-right-coping-skill.aspx</span></a> </p> <span style="font-size:16px;"> </span> <span style="color:#595959;font-size:16px;"> </span> <span style="color:#595959;font-size:16px;"> </span> <span style="font-family:tahoma;color:#595959;font-size:16px;"> </span> <span style="font-family:tahoma;color:#595959;font-size:16px;"> </span> <span style="font-family:tahoma;color:#595959;font-size:16px;"> </span> <p class="MsoNormal" style="font-family:tahoma;color:#595959;font-size:16px;"> <a href="/Pages/tip-tips-for-journaling.aspx"> <span>http://www.yourlifeyourvoice.org/v2/Pages/tip-tips-for-journaling.aspx</span></a> </p> <span style="font-size:16px;"> </span> <span style="color:#595959;font-size:16px;"> </span> <span style="color:#595959;font-size:16px;"> </span> <span style="font-family:tahoma;color:#595959;font-size:16px;"> </span> <span style="font-family:tahoma;color:#595959;font-size:16px;"> </span> <span style="font-family:tahoma;color:#595959;font-size:16px;"> </span> <p class="MsoNormal" style="font-family:tahoma;color:#595959;font-size:16px;"> <a href="/Pages/tip-Emotional-Health-Checklist.aspx"> <span>http://www.yourlifeyourvoice.org/v2/Pages/tip-Emotional-Health-Checklist.aspx</span></a> </p> <span style="font-size:16px;"> </span> <span style="color:#595959;font-size:16px;"> </span> <span style="color:#595959;font-size:16px;"> </span> <span style="font-family:tahoma;color:#595959;font-size:16px;"> </span> <span style="font-family:tahoma;color:#595959;font-size:16px;"> </span> <span style="font-family:tahoma;color:#595959;font-size:16px;"> </span> <p class="MsoNormal" style="font-family:tahoma;color:#595959;font-size:16px;"> <span> <a href="/Pages/tip-99-coping-skills.aspx">http://www.yourlifeyourvoice.org/v2/Pages/tip-99-coping-skills.aspx</a></span></p> <span style="font-size:16px;"> </span> <span style="color:#595959;font-size:16px;"> </span> <span style="color:#595959;font-size:16px;"> </span> <span style="font-family:tahoma;color:#595959;font-size:16px;"> </span> <span style="font-family:tahoma;color:#595959;font-size:16px;"> </span> <span style="font-family:tahoma;color:#595959;font-size:16px;"> </span> <p class="MsoNormal" style="font-family:tahoma;color:#595959;font-size:16px;"> <span>We look forward to hearing back from you.  Stay strong and keep​ safe,</span> </p> <span style="font-size:16px;"> </span> <span style="color:#595959;font-size:16px;"> </span> <span style="color:#595959;font-size:16px;"> </span> <span style="font-family:tahoma;color:#595959;font-size:16px;"> </span> <span style="font-family:tahoma;color:#595959;font-size:16px;"> </span> <span style="font-family:tahoma;color:#595959;font-size:16px;"> </span> <p class="MsoNormal" style="font-family:tahoma;color:#595959;font-size:16px;"> <span>Nancy, counselor​</span> </p> <span style="font-size:16px;"> </span> <span style="color:#595959;font-size:16px;"> </span> <span style="color:#595959;font-size:16px;"> </span> <span style="font-family:tahoma;"> </span> <span style="font-size:16px;"> </span></div>​17

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