Recovering from Self-Harm

When you decide you want to recover from self-harming, it’s important that you at least have a support network around you, as it could be difficult and too much to handle on your own. You might have someone you really trust, or it might be you look to going to your GP about it.

Whatever you chose to do, it’s got to be for YOU. If you do it for someone else, there’s more chance you’re not going to fully want to recover.


Recovery won’t be easy, there will be relapses, and slip ups that will probably make you feel like you’re failing and that you’re no good. But we need to remember that tomorrow is a new day, a new day to start again. If you keep this optimistic thought within, you’ll feel more positive about recovering. Maybe it’s telling yourself: ”I am worth it, and I can recover, I may fall but I will stand up and continue to fight”, with this in mind, you’ll be more determined and motivated to get through another day.

There’s a few tips you can try, to either distract you, or help you recover:

  • The Butterfly Project - covering areas where you would normally self-harm with a temporary tattoo or butterfly with someone’s name under it to remind you not to. 
  • Avoid triggers – this could be a difficult one if you’re not sure what your triggers are, but avoiding a situation where you would normally self-harm may help. 
  • Bracelet – I heard this one from a friend, you can have as many colour beads as you like, and one colour for ‘self-harm’ – every time you go a day without self-harming, you add a colour bead to your thread/elastic, if you slip, you had the self-harm coloured one… when you have done one, or even a few, you will see the self-harm colour beads decreasing, and the colour ones increasing.

That’s just a few tips that can help you along the way. You can even talk to a friend, talk to the Samaritans, or even talk to TESS (for women) and CALM (for men).

Remember, slipping up and self-harming whilst recovering is normal, you’re not a failure, you’re not stupid, and you’re not worthless. You can do this!


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