Your first step is to decide that you want things to be different, that you want a longer term solution to how you feel. Then it is about setting realistic goals that you can work towards. It might take a little while, and there might be some hurdles along the way, but it is important to keep trying and to get the support that you need.
It can be hard to talk with the people who care about you if you’re worried about how they will react to your self-harm. When you first talk to people about it they might be shocked and have difficulty understanding it, but that doesn’t mean they won’t support you – they might just need some time to understand what you’re going through. Others might be relieved to talk with you about it; they might have seen your scars but not known what to say. You can take your time to explain your situation, or you might tell them everything at once.
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