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    Your body is the house you grew up in, how dare you try to burn it to the ground.
    - Sierra Demulder

    (Source: larmoyante)

    Anonymous asked:
    Whats the point of recovering from self harm if it makes you feel better?

    Self harm is an addiction. For example, I was a heroin addict for quite a few years- when I needed the drug, it made me feel better. Was it good for me? Absolutely not. Did it make me sicker every time I used? Most certainly. Self harm is the same way.

    If you don’t want to find recovery- you are not going to. We have to want to change to actually be successful. Yes, self harm may make us feel ‘better’ in the moment.. but it’s only a temporary solution until we feel sad again. Then it’s another cut, another temporary solution to a bigger problem.

    There are so many other ways to feel relief from these negative emotions. But like I said, self harm is an addiction. You may not get physical withdrawals but the mental ones can be just as bad. It is really important to get professional help in early recovery. It’s not easy but it’s so worth it- to actually feel better without resorting to negative behaviors.

    I am going on 9 years of being ‘cut’ free. I still have very prominent scars; they are most likely never to go away and I have come to terms with that. My legs are covered in them. In 9 years, I have gone swimming only twice (with someone who knew about them) and still after all this time, do not have the confidence to wear shorts.

    Self harm is a result of low self-esteem. Once you are able to love yourself, you do not want to hurt yourself intentionally. That’s why I said it’s a temporary solution to a bigger problem. You realize that you are so much better than self harm! Admitting we have a problem is always the first step.

    I don’t think suicidal people get enough credit for not acting on their suicidal thoughts.


    This post is for all of you who have survived the urge to end your life, either coming out the other side or still fighting to stay alive. 

    I noticed how when someone has a physical illness such as cancer, and they come out the other side or even remission, they are able to celebrate surviving. I think all of the survivors of being suicidal should too.

    Congratulations, and keep on fighting.


    You are imperfect, you are wired for struggle, but you are worthy of love and belonging.
    - Brené Brown (via hypnophant)
    Anonymous asked:
    hello, idk if this will be answered but what would you tell to someone who feels like they're taking away happiness from other people?

    Do you feel like that? Or does a friend feel like this?

    Either way, it sounds like there is a lack of confidence going on. Sometimes we get so wrapped up into other people’s lives and thoughts that we forget about ourselves and our feelings.

    My point is, we are not responsible for other people. We cannot control other’s thoughts and/or feelings. We can only control OURS.

    It’s different if we are actually trying to upset someone.. but if it’s just a general feeling that we are letting people down, try and let go of those thoughts. If it continues to nag you, ask the person. That way when they say ‘no’ you will realize that it’s all in your head. It’s never as bad as we think, love.

    Anonymous asked:
    I have a question about the ribbons. Is it just for people in recovery or can people who still haven't found their way to recovery use them too? <3

    Of course! Recovery Awareness should be for everyone! People who have suffered, still suffering, friends, family, loved ones- anyone who wants to show support!

    If anyone else wants a ribbon, you can find them at:


    the first step towards confidence is not being afraid to be ugly

    once you get over the fear of being unattractive and stop equating beauty with other good things in life (friends, love, happiness) it’s a lot easier to love yourself unconditionally

    your job is not to sit around and be pretty and easy on everyone else’s eyes

    your job is to do whatever the fuck you want and look however the fuck you want while doing it

    What’s difficult in life is to stay centered when somebody does or says something that tempts us to close our hearts because their heart was closed. That is hard. But that is also how we grow. We go through those circumstances in order to evolve into people who can hold to our loving center no matter what the world throws us.
    - Marianne Williamson (via thelovelyloner)


    Mentally ill people are not the problem. Inaccessible, unaffordable health care is the problem. Stigma is the problem. Lack of treatment is a problem. Lack of understanding is the problem. Lack of compassion is the problem. Not taking people seriously is the problem. Lack of honest conversation and open dialogue is a problem. Using jails as a housing facility for mentally ill persons is a problem. Do you understand me?
    Mentally ill people are not the problem

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