After hearing about a friend's personal experience recently, I knew that this would definitely have to be the next topic for the project. Cutting is one of the most popular acts of self-harm, usually any form of self-harm is just a person's way to cope with relationships, frustrations, insecuries, and life. First of all, I want to let anyone know who has been cutting... Why? You might feel not wanted, alone, or not pretty. But you should know that there is someone who wants you, wants to be with you, and sees you as the most beautiful thing they've ever known. They might or might not be in your life at the moment, but I know there is someone out there who's thinking about what it would be like to meet a person with all the qualities you feel are flaws. I know this, because I feel like that everyday. Wondering about people I'm not sure exist. You are good enough, and anyone who tells you you're not, they aren't any better. Everytime you head into your bathroom cabinet for the razor, everytime that thought crosses your mind when you see a flame, just remember that girl who wrote how she felt about you. About anyone who does or has done this at any point in their life...
If you stopped because of a certain reason, always hold onto that reason. And most importantly, never feel ashamed because of it. If you have ever caused harm to yourself, promise me you won't feel like some sort of freak. This is common feeling for people recovering from cutting. Whenever past events flood into your mind somehow, do not think of them as your scars of weakness. Think of them as battle scars. They will constantly remind you with their healing how you could over-come any obstacles in life. I have done research the past few nights on how people felt about having relationships with others who cut or have before, and you'll be surprised how many guys and girls accepted it. If you've inflicted injury to yourself or have attempted it before, tell a person you trust. It could be your parent, teacher, friend, sweetheart, the one you feel will be most comfortable with. You could even message me if you just need someone to occupy your time and talk to. There is always someone seeking to make you feel better...

In Seventeen's September 2009 issue, there's an article on the shocking habit that some girls are relying on to make their hurt and heartache go away: cutting. A national study reported that up to 23 percent of girls self-injure, which can include cutting or burning your skin; scratching to the point of bleeding; picking; and even embedding small objects into your flesh. If you or someone you know has a cutting problem, here are resources to get help:

*1-800-DON'T-CUT - More info at *Referrals for therapists and tips for how to stop.
*1-800-273-TALK - A 24-hour crisis hotline if you're about to self-harm or are in an emergency situation.

*To Write Love On Her Arms ( - A non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury, and suicide.

*1-800-SUICIDE - Hotline for people contemplating suicide.
*1-800-334-HELP - Self Injury Foundation's 24-hour national crisis line.
*1-800-799-SAFE - Domestic violence hotline.
*1-877-332-7333 - Real Help For Teens' help line.

Now for people who know a person that self-harms, the first response to these kinds of practices is to be astranged. But you shouldn't, they are people too. They aren't freaks, they are just lost seeking for help through harming themselves. If the situation is taken out of hand where it's suicidal, you must give the person immediate attention from specialists, but you also need to remember to respect the person's perspective. You would not want the person who trusted you with their secret to not trust you anymore. Remember to never neglect the person, in fact you should never neglect anybody. Always show them you care, it'll be their strength to keep living...

Song That Inspired This Article, Battle Scars by Guy Sebastian ft. Lupe Fiasco

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