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Those of us who do self injure, realise that we can not always stop someone from doing so, but what we can do is to help someone to be as safe as possible. If you do feel like self injuring and none of the distractions are working then please observe the following rules.

If you do want/need to self injure, please try the 15 minute rule. When you get the urge to do it, try and stop yourself for 15 minutes by doing something else, like writing in your diary, watching something funny, cleaning etc. At the end of the 15 minutes, if you still feel the need to self injure, try another 15 minutes. In most cases, the urge to self harm only lasts for about 5-10 minutes.


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