I was sixteen when I first started to self-harm. Initially I burned myself but I quickly moved onto cutting.
I was a serial self-harmer, cutting my arms, legs and stomach on a weekly basis.
Often I needed hospital treatment and would make regular trips to A&E.
Self-harming is an addiction. It hurt and I didn’t enjoy it but I couldn’t function without doing it.
I self-harmed for five years and I’m still trying to break free from my addiction.
With Fixers help I’ve created a friendship bracelet kit for other young people who are self-harming.
Friendship bracelets gave me a focus and distraction from the thoughts of cutting.
I hope other young people will also find solace is creating the bracelets and achieve something beautiful with their hands.
Shak & Natasha
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