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Rachel Mc

Rachel Mc

Name: Rachel McElfatrick
Age: 22
Year of the Fix: 2016
Location: Ballymoney
Campaign: Stop self-harming

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.

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