Question: Why do you think there is so much stigma surrounding self harm and suicide?
anon answered on 8 Mar 2021: last edited 8 Mar 2021 2:35 pm
I think this can be answered on three levels.
Firstly, I think stigma is prevalent in all mental health problems. Be that someone hearing voices or in this instance self-harming.
Secondly, I think there is a bit of a lag between history and where we are now. So things like suicide being a crime in the 1960s! Even the term ‘commit’ suicide implies a criminal act.
Thirdly and finally, I think also it can be quite a foreign thing to some people. We all have depressive thoughts, but the leap to suicidal thoughts or self-harm can be quite hard to understand, and with a lack of understanding comes stigma. Some people see it as selfish or attention seeking, when in reality these things are far from the truth.
I would encourage anyone who has having issues with these things to reach out. It is ok to not be ok and it is ok to reach out.