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Feb. 27th, 2005 | 12:49 am
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posted by: lolweasel in philobate

Self Injury Awareness Day - March 1st
1st March is Self Injury Awareness Day.

SIAD is a global awareness day, and yet it is not supported by any nations' governments, because it is a grass-roots idea. Somehow, in the mists of time, the date was set as the 1st of March, and organizations around the world make extra efforts to raise awareness ready for SIAD.

The color for some reason is orange. Some people wear an orange ribbon, but in the past SIAD bracelets have been worn:

- Orange beads if you self harm;
- Orange and white if you used to;
- White if you have never self harmed but understand.

If you agree that people should be made aware of this issue and this day, re-post this in your journal.

i think the attempt to single out people who self-injure through color-coded bracelets is pointless, to begin. it is not something a self-injurer would exactly want to draw attention to. it's often a very private activity.

and then there's the whole awareness day-thang i completely don't understand the point of. ribbons for breast cancer awareness and such? people get breast cancer. i'm aware. we're cool, now.

while i would agree that it is good to educate people about such things as self-injury and what-have-you, bracelets and ribbons seem pretty damn useless. beneficial though it might be if people would not have a self-righteous fit at the mention of self-injury. this would obviously limit the feeling of solitude that is often the fuel for such actions.

this post is for anything relevant at all. any thoughts pertaining to self-injury or awareness days in general. you may also comment to tell me why i am stupid and wrong, should you so desire.

much love,

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from: magicflyingpig
date: Feb. 27th, 2005 03:55 pm (UTC)

i'm not really a big fan of awareness days/months. stuff like "black history month" and whatnot has never really worked for me. why do we need to set aside specfic days to be aware and months to celebrate or recognize the history of certain people? wouldn't it be best if we were all just aware and tried to help w/ bad things and recognized the history of all people all the time? i'm not big on the jewerly either, but i suppose if people want to wear special bracelets and ribbons to show their support of people battling cancer and whatnot, thats cool. it probably helps spread the word about things as well.

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from: lolweasel
date: Feb. 27th, 2005 07:47 pm (UTC)


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Re: Weighing in

from: lolweasel
date: Feb. 27th, 2005 08:06 pm (UTC)

well, i think a certain amount of it would have to do with something becoming normal. while i would not expect that cutting be the first and foremost topic on everyone's (or anyone's) mind, the only way for people to really become aware of it and come to terms with it is frequent contact with the issue. one day is not frequent contact. one day is simply one day of awkwardness. many days, weeks, and months of awkwardness are neccessary for something like cutting to stop being such a taboo subject.

even if someone is cutting to get attention, it's still not exactly a healthy hobby. that they're willing to go to such lengths for attention is another issue that needs to be addressed by their friends or family - whoever they're seeking attention from.

while cutting is often considered a symptom of depression, it's also considered by some to be its own illness. people often become emotionally dependent on cutting as a method of coping, at which point it becomes the disorder, temporarily "replacing" whatever issues first induced the person to cut.

welcome to philobate,

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Re: Weighing in

from: hatredheals
date: Feb. 28th, 2005 04:29 am (UTC)

Cries for attention can be a real sympton of depression.

This awareness day seems to be just sillyness with dillusions of grandeur.

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