Desperately needed help
17 year old female
Since the age of 4, I have self harmed (varying ways and degree) but it was only at 15 did things progress to constant thoughts of death and suicide. At 16 I desperately needed help.
I emailed Kids Helpline and they encouraged me to see a doctor and tell my parents. And so I did. Long story short... I spent 4 and a half months in an adolescent mental health ward. And during and after that time had many suicide attempts, 1 was very serious and I was lucky to survive.
I am now seeing a therapist once a week, a psychiatrist once a month and have recently completed dbt (a program designed to help and teach people who self harm different coping methods and life strategies).
I can honestly say that if it wasn't for the help I received I wouldn't be here. It was the last thing I ever wanted to do... get help. But I figured that I have to try everything before giving in.
I encourage youths who suffer with thoughts of suicide, self harm, worthlessness, hopelessness or even just a constant feeling of emptiness sadness and dread to seek help! You are worth the help! And things do improve, and they will improve! No one should have to feel like that.
I can honestly say that because of this, I have found what I want to be in life (a mental health nurse). And I have been able to help so many youths like you and me. Never give up! And never give in!
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