I’m 22 years old and I started to self-injure when I was about 14. For all those years, I thought I was nothing but a lost cause. I thought I was worthless and good for nothing. And I thought I had been going downhill for too long and it was too late to change.

I’ve been SI free for about 4 or 5 months now. I guess first I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who’s on here giving support. Second, I thought I would mention a few things I’ve learned in case anyone else who is trying to quit self-injuring might find them useful… probably not, I am probably just spouting a buch of sappy cliche nonsense, but some of these thoughts have turned my life around.

One of the most important things to remember is that every success counts, and no failure can cancel out even the smallest success. You can give yourself some credit for every bit of progress you make, and when you feel like you’re not making progress, remember that you’ve done it before and you can do it again. Nobody wins every time. Also, every single one of you is worth so much more than you think you are. You are full of potential to make a differnece in this world. That alone makes you as valuable as anything else that exists…(regardless of whatever else people may have told you). No matter how hopeless things may seem, it’s never too late to turn things around–no matter how many times you’ve fallen down. I’m starting to think that life is a series of starts and stops, which makes it seem impossibly hard sometimes. But you can always start again, and you deserve to start again. Finally, when you’re stuck, it is okay to ask for help. This was a difficult thing for me to learn. But asking friends for help has made the biggest difference in my life.

Anyway, I don’t mean to sound like some kind of know-it-all, but I fear I do…so i’ll stop here. Best wishes to everyone, stay safe and take care.