sorry for my lack of action as of late, i've been sick, but i was just browsing deviant art, when i found a stamp that was somehow related to self-harm. it wasn't the stamp that annoyed me, but there were hundreds of comments on the stamp that had people referring to some self-harmers as 'emo cutters'. i was just sitting here going, "W - T - F?". reading those comments, and having dealt with people who have stupid ideas like this in my life before, i decided to make this stamp.
people rarely understand self-harm, and those who think they understand it, tend to be wrong. self-harm doesn't make you emo, and it doesn't necessarily mean you have a mental illness. it doesn't mean you're sad or upset, or even unhappy with your life. the reason someone self-harms is different from person to person. you can't just make assumptions about why someone is hurting themselves. of course there are a few people who will self-harm for the attention, but you've got to realise that there is a reason they feel the need to resort to such drastic means to gain some attention.
the majority of self-harmers do not want you to know about that part of their life. most self-harmers don't want to die, so there is never a reason to assume that they do. for a lot of people who self-harm, it grows to be an addiction and a mental illness in itself. it becomes something that they will live with for the rest of their lives. self-harm is a progressive illness.
Two of my friends are emo and they both cut. One of my other friends isn't emo but still cuts. I'm not sure whether they have actual problems or they're attention seeking, because none of them bother to cover their arms up. I used to be emo but have never cut and never will. Have my two emo friends misunderstood what emo is (don't jump to conclusions, I know that 90% of emos don't cut, that's just what stereotypical assholes like to think) or is there something genuinely wrong with them?
it's really hard to tell why someone is resorting to self-harm. sometimes people do it for attention, sometimes people do it just to see what it is like. the majority of the time someone is cutting there is something wrong. a lot of people resort to self-harm because they don't have any other coping mechanisms, or because they are struggling and don't know how to communicate what they are going through. generally when people don't cover it up they do want the attention, especially at your age. but it just depends what they want the attention for - whether it's because they feel like they need help to cope or because they want sympathy from people. either way, it's a very drastic measure to take in order to gain any sort of attention, and it definitely needs to be dealt with.
"emo" really is a fashion and it is music, but it has nothing to do with someone's mental health. it's just how you express yourself through your clothes and the music you listen to, but i personally don't like labels. i think it's better to steer clear of them and to just be yourself .
I have a huge problem i have horrible dreams my friends are murders and want to kill me but when i'm out of the dream i go insane i just freak around some of my friends i hurt one of them because of it... it's not my fault i swear all these dreams i have every night each night my death gets worse i can't take it no more i don't know what to do the dreams make me feel that everyone around me wants to hurt me