“Do you know anyone in your town who self-harms?”
“Not in my town… nearby; why?”
“There’s a group of young girls encouraging each other to self-harm and for a while now, we’ve thought you were the ringleader!”
So, let me be clear (especially to Northumbria Police) I have never, and will never encourage anyone to self-harm. I don’t believe it’s an effective way of coping it’s just that sometimes it seems like the only way. I don’t think that any ‘positive’ thoughts and feelings (e.g. a sense of relief) from self-harm, are worth all of the negative aspects that come with the actual act of self-harming.