It seems very appropriate, seeing as May in Mental Health Month in the USA that it should be now that I launch this graphic.
Self-Harm, Deliberate Self Harm, Intentional Self-Harm, including such things as Self-Abuse, Self-Neglect, Self-Injury, – which ever label or terminology you prefer or are used to – is often done in secret and all too often goes undetected or undisclosed.
Because of this establishing accurate statistics is virtually impossible. But that does not make it any less of a serious issue and in fact makes it even more serious in some ways.
So in view of this and mindful of it being Mental Health Month in the USA this blog and other supporting blogs I am involved in are going to display the following graphic in an attempt of raising awareness and in the hope of removing some of the stigma and shame often associated with Self-Harm, Deliberate Self Harm, Intentional Self-Harm, including such things as Self-Abuse, Self-Neglect, Self-Injury.
If you are a blogger who is concerned about the issue of self-harm I invite you to do the same…
Oh and one last thing I should perhaps mention or explain…
Because of the amount of misconceptions out there concerning self-harm I have really struggled over which graphic to use and have finally settled on this one for now. The thought processes behind the design of this graphic are as follows…
Through the use of a ‘teddy bear’ instead of a ‘person’ I hope to remove or reduce any gender-specific associations.
Additionally, through the use of a ‘brown’ teddy bear as opposed to a pink or blue one we hope to also remove or reduce any gender-specific associations.
By choosing a teddy bear with a band-aid/plaster on it’s head we hope to illustrate injury or that the bear has been harmed.
By the band-aid/plaster being on it’s head and not arms or body we hope to stay clear of the incorrect assumption that self-harming is just cutting etc.