We’ve known Simon for a while now and are so, so honored that he’s shared the following with us (content warning: self-harm).

“I have self harmed since the age of 10, so 10 or 11 years. I have been seeing psychologists since I was 13. I have had close to 40 hospital admissions between the ages of 15 and 18 for self harming, suicide ideation and suicide attempts. I’ve engaged in multiple services and a lot of it didn’t work because of medication and straight therapy. It didn’t work as I learned from people who have been through it. The Youth In Search Camps were a great support because the support is from young people.

People self-harm for many different reasons, not just one… It’s a way to express your emotions when you can’t say them. I don’t know what my catalyst was as so much shit was going on at the one time. Self-harm does not come in one form, it comes in many… hair pulling, scratching, burning, cutting and self-destructive behaviours.

You’re not alone in your self-harm journey, there are others and it makes me feel less unusual or weird about it. A big goal is one day I don’t want to have to self-harm to feel better.”

Simon is one of the stars of the video we’re launching next Wednesday. We’d love you to join us! Check out our Facebook event for all the details.