What does it feel like to self-harm?
– by Jess What does it feel like to self-harm?
Well, let’s go to the beach.
And walk into the water, blindfolded.
Just keep walking, you don’t know where you’re going.
You just know you’re going deeper and deeper out into the sea.
That’s what the build up to cutting feels like. Depression has blinded you.
You don’t know where you’re going.
All you know is you’re going deeper.
Now, keep going until you begin to drown.
You want air
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