I originally posted this in my deviantART journal.
If you know me well, you should know that I can't stand stereotypes of any form.
The label 'cutter' is one of them, of course.
Please read this article.
Other great sites:
To Write Love on Her Arms
I've always felt quite strongly on this subject. In the seventh grade, I saw a number of kids gathered around a computer in the computer lab, watching this 'Tickle Me Emo' video... It's on YouTube. I kind of watched it from where I was, and the whole time, as my classmates were laughing at it, I had this horrible feeling in my stomach.
There are so many misconceptions about self-harm... Last year in my US History class, our teacher told us that Meriwether Lewis (as in 'Lewis and Clark' ) was caught cutting himself. When my class heard this, they made comments like "That man was crazy." Many people also seem to think that self-harm is to get attention... It really is not. It's a way to cope with one's pain.
So many people just sit back and laugh at those who are going through this, when they really should be helping. Horrible, isn't it?
I guess all I can really say from here is to watch the video linked in that article (above).
We need to help raise awareness.
(I recommend listening to Superchic[k]'s song called Hero. It's pretty much about this.)