Why We Should Cut Through The Taboo We’re All Scared To Talk About

I’m sitting next to a newly-made friend when suddenly he catches sight of the thick vertical scars running down the inside of my left forearm. His own arm shoots forward, finger pointing, and his wide eyes haul mine upwards as he asks “What’s that?”

Perhaps he thinks I’d been in a fight, a dramatic accident, or that some other exciting story would explain away the wounds I gouged into my own arm one night with a kitchen knife. But perhaps he knows exactly what he’s looking at and is about to deliver the most common response to self-harm: to dismiss it as rather pathetic, attention-seeking behavior.

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