TW MY SELF HARM SCARS and mention>>>>>
I struggled with self harm for over seven years of my life. Because of it I was in and out of psychiatric hospitals and I lost a lot relationships and all my freedom. There came a point where my bedroom consisted of a mattress with no bedding and no pillow and nothing else because people had to keep me from self harming and hiding things to hurt myself with. Along with this I had to be watched while I showered and at the hospital I had to be strip searched every time I left and entered a room. I was an absolute mess. It got the point where I could no longer live at home and I spent a total of three visits and over two years in one long term hospital for mental health. Self harm took away so much of my life and mainly my childhood. I didn’t go to high school like everyone else, I went to a day treatment and did school work at hospital visits and home schooling because no schools would take me with my mental health issues. I never really got to have long friendships because I was always in and out of placement. Right now I am a year and a half clean of self harm and I am proud of myself. I’ve made it so much farther than I ever thought I could. For those who know people struggling with self harm be patient, be willing to listen, help them reach out for help, spend time with them, don’t push talking about it, let them know they aren’t alone and check in on them. For those struggling, I promise you it will get better. I never thought I’d stop self harming but I have and you can too. Be willing to reach out for help and don’t be ashamed to, know that you’re never alone, take it day by day, find ways to distract yourself, keep moving forward, know that recovery is possible and that one day you’ll look back and see how far you’ve come. I am proud of all of you for making it to today, keep fighting.
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