February 29, 2016
Self-Injury Awareness Day 2016
Self-Injury Awareness Day (SIAD) occurs on 1st March every year, and has done so for well over a decade.
SIAD is an international event that is recognised across the globe.
Raising awareness about self-injury is incredibly important. Awareness leads to understanding and empathy, helping to banish judgment and fear, and to reduce the number of people who feel alone and suffer in silence.
What you can do?
See below for organisations that can provide resources and support, but they cannot fight stigma and educate the public all alone; they need your help. If you’d prefer to live in a world where people understand self-injury and don’t judge, where you can talk freely about mental health instead of being trapped in silence, then it’s all of our responsibility to educate. Here are some ideas from our colleagues at LifeSIGNS :-
Share the LifeSIGNS SIAD video
Stick up a poster or 2!
Print posters and stick them up wherever you can. You may need permission, or you may be able to use a notice board.
Poster – click to view and save, or ‘right-click‘ to save [3.2MB]
Poster – click to open, or ‘right-click‘ to save[3.4MB]
Grey version (for black n white printing / photocopying) [2.4MB]
Grey version (for black n white printing / photocopying) [2.6MB]
Buy a wristband
Raises awareness about self-injury, and directly supports LifeSIGNS by helping them to continue their work throughout the year.
Everyone wears a wristband for different reasons – there’s always something about memory involved – remembering the past, looking at how far you’ve come, and maybe how many more steps there are to take.
Some people show their wristband openly – as they’re able to say “It’s SIAD, I’m showing my support for friends on the web who shouldn’t be alone in their struggle”.
Hand out some fact sheets
There are fact sheets for parents, guys, friends, healthcare workers, teachers, employers and for people who hurt themselves. Free to download, free to print, free to share.
Contact your local radio station
Make a quick call or send an email asking for SIAD to be mentioned on 1st March.
Mention #SIAD on your social networks and link to this page
Write an article about self-injury
Blog Articles that discuss a person’s personal experiences of self-injury (and / or recovery) are always popular, and don’t need to be more than a few hundred words.
Send your non-triggering articles to firstname.lastname@example.org for publication before 1st March on their main blog.
Share these myths, and the hard truths. Don’t let people continue to believe these old tales.
What will you do?
Remember, you don’t have to talk about yourself – you can talk about ’emotional well-being’ and what is happening on SIAD – you don’t have to get personal if you’re not comfortable.
This is a great time to ask for help and support if you’re ready to talk to someone about what’s behind your self-injury. Help yourself before you help others.
- The Amber Project -The Amber Project provides help and support to young people (14-25) who have experience of self harm.
- CASIP user-led self-injury project based in Cardiff for adults, care givers and healthcare professionals. Run a weekly supportive self-help group on Monday evenings.
- LifeSIGNS – LifeSIGNS is the user-led voluntary organisation raising awareness about self-injury.
- National Self-Harm Network – A survivor-led organisation, who are committed campaigners for the rights and understanding of people who self-harm. The site is currently under refurbishment but it still has a fact sheet of self help distractions available.
- Self injury Support (formerly Bristol Crisis Service for Women) – a national organisation that supports girls & women affected by self-injury or self-harm: provides TESS text and email support; Women’s Self-injury Helpline; information & publications about self-injury; self-injury training courses for professionals; supports self-injury self-help groups
- The Calm Zone: Self Harm – The Campaign Against Living Miserably is targeted at young men aged between 15-35. The campaign offers help, information and advice via a phone and web service. Anyone, regardless of age, gender or geographic location can call the line.
- Mind: self-harm Written to help you understand why you self-harm and what you and others can do to help.