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Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
Hi everyone! I'm new, and I'm not sure if I'm doing this right....

Your posts intrigued me. I am 26 and I have been self-harming since I as 14. I go through periods where it takes on different faces, or it gets better and then worse.

I am both proud and ashamed of my scars. I do not feel comfortable with other people seeing them, and there is a great stigma around self harm and mental health. Being a teacher I go to great lengths to hide marks from students and other teachers.

And yet, for some reason I feel great comfort knowing they are there- they are real, and they can be seen. My scars feel like a badge of service-validation of what I have been through and how I have felt....


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    **helen****helen** Deactivated Posts: 9,235 Supreme Poster
    Hello :)

    Have made this into a new thread for you as it was lost in the other one.
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Hey Penguin :)

    I understand what you mean about your scars being validation of what you have been through- I often see mine and think 'yes, i felt really shit at that time, but i was strong and made it through' and it makes me feel better/stronger.
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