Self Harm

Bjorn is my friend, a man of depth and integrity, and a writer like myself …
He opened up to me recently on the subject of self-harm and losing his father to suicide.
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Bjorn began self-harming at the tender age of 17, feeling at the time disconnected from friends and family, the pressures of society and in his words feeling invisible to everyday life around him.
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Just for a moment he felt the physical pain deflected from the raw emotional pain so deep inside him. Finding it difficult to verbalise how he felt and becoming detached from his feelings of pain and hurt.
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Raw emotions like Bjorn’s have been shared me with during lots of interviews, and often relates to undiagnosed root causes, mental health or trauma.
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Bjorn later lost his estranged father to suicide in his thirties, no letter was left or a reason for Bjorn to understand why. This impacted Bjorn and he told me this left him questioning his genetic family make up and leaving him with the fragile delicate role of telling his own young children of the loss of a grandparent.
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It also made him reflect on his own life’s direction, and how especially important it is for him to open up to others around him, to express to friends and family when he’s feeling low, and to seek professional help when the overwhelming emotions become a little too much …
 
Samaritans Call 116 123 Email jo@samaritans.org
Childline 0800 1111 for children and young people under 19

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A reflection of words … Self Injury Awareness Day 2021

Raising awareness on self harm and self injury …
You need never suffer alone …

Vital helplines, as help is always available …

Mind – 0300 123 3393
Samaritans- 116 123
Child line – 0800 1111
Text – SHOUT to 85258

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