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Constant Thoughts of Self Harm

By July 30, 2020No Comments

lol i hate it here

haha wow it’s been a year since ive gotten hospitalized but honestlii i kinda wanna go back? idek,,life has been complete s*** (before quarantine) and nothings getting better

my constant thoughts of self harm keep coming back and at this point?? what am i holding back for?? i got nothing to lose and i deserve it

HELP YOURSELF:

  • Thank you for reaching out to Teen Central! It’s clear you are struggling with strong feelings right now, and we appreciate that you chose to visit our site as one way to figure out how to take care of yourself and find help.
  • When these feelings come on, it can really help to talk with someone who cares about you and can offer hope and help when you can’t see it. Do you have anyone that you trust to talk to about how you’re feeling? If so, tell them what you’re struggling with. Ask them to listen. If you have trouble talking to someone in your life right now, please reach out to 1-800-273-8255. You are not alone and someone is ready to talk with you 24/7. You can also text Hello to 741741. 
  • In addition to talking, distracting yourself by doing something can help you find peace and relief from the thoughts to harm yourself. Check out WHAT’S NEW for information about using art as a coping skill, journaling or try deep breathing. Also, check out TOOLS for other activities such as yoga. You don’t need special skills – just a willingness to try, which you know you have.  Try one thing, for 10 minutes. If you feel ok after 10 minutes, try doing 10 more minutes. Keep going! You can get through this!

CONSIDER THIS

  • It sounds like you accepted help in the past in the hospital, and see some value in getting help again. Do you have a therapist that you worked with before that you might consider talking to again? Therapy can be helpful at different points in our lives, when stress overwhelms us and we’re not sure how to keep going.
  • Besides a therapist, trusted family, friends, and other adults in your life may be ready and willing to help, but not see the stress you’re feeling. Sometimes we’re really good at hiding it. Try writing your feelings, or drawing, or finding music that expresses how you’re feeling and share it with someone you trust. Tell them what you need and let them help. You may decide you just need someone to listen to you, or help you solve a hard problem.
  • Check out the DEPRESSION RESOURCE in TOOLS to help put words to what you’re going through. Also consider using the MOOD TRACKER, also in TOOLS to see if there’s some particular time of day or something happening in your life that’s causing these thoughts to be stronger. If you identify something, you can make a plan for how to deal with the thing that’s upsetting you rather than hurt yourself. You deserve to be safe and healthy!