What is the Significance?
The Self Injury Awareness Day is an annual worldwide self harm awareness campaign which happens on 1 March. It is similar to other Awareness Days which includes people generally being more tolerant of someone else’s plight. Raising more awareness about Self Injury may help people pluck up the courage to tell someone that they are inneed of self harm help. Additionally, it is an opportunity for organizations to create more efforts and opportunities in raising self harm awareness to improve the number of individuals aware of self injury. In the hope of increasing self harm awareness, people are asked to wear orange ribbons, wristbands, and beaded bracelets. The goal of this Self Injury Awareness Day is to stop the stereotyping revolving around self harm and provide resource materials for teachers and medical professionals alike.
What happens during Self Injury Awareness Day?
Just like other Awareness Days, support groups tend to organize awareness Events or opportunities to spread more information regarding particular actions that people could take as most people are not aware of what self injury is about or have no real understanding of why people cut themselves. A lot of us try to cope with our own problems in different ways. Some people drink too much, eat too much, or smoke too much, assault others through means of domestic violence or just pick fights as a means of coping with their problems and anxieties. Whilst others self injury as their way of coping.
What Can Schools/Colleges do To Raise Awareness?
Self Injury Awareness Day (SIAD) is the day that many support groups and concerned citizens from all walks of life attempt to improve, raise, and increase self harm awareness. Raising self injury awareness could include promoting SIAD by:
- Emailing your friends/family and contacts to tell them about it
- Show support for SIAD and young people who self harm by wearing orange, which is the colour for self injury awareness.
- You could wear orange ribbons, clothes, wristbands
- Hold creative self injury awareness drawing competitions at school
- Self injury awareness poetry competition at school
- Have an awareness event at school, to include the whole school and perhaps invite visitors in
- Invite parents in for an awareness session
- Let local media (TV/radio) know of your event and thus helping to spread the word about SIAD
It is on this day that debunking of stereotyping and self injury myths happen.
In particular if the awareness and event takes place at school or college, it may give students the confidence to seek the support from your support services that they may not otherwise do as we know there are students at school or college who are self harming without anyone knowing, given that self harm is a private act.
The main thing to remember is that people who self harm are hurting and in emotional pain and more than likely physical pain too depending on the nature of their injury. It is likely that they want to stop wearing the long sleeves in summer or baggies used to cover up their injuries. They want the help but don’t know how to ask for it and fear being ridiculed. A small step forwards on your part could make all the difference in a youngsters life and could help them to deal with their challenges without having to fear being judged and insulted.
Self Injury Awareness Day is an opportunity to help individuals who deliberately harm themselves to really express their hidden emotions and seek the help and real attention that they have been deprived of but have always needed.