Remy’s struggle started in grade five when her classmates started to bully her. Things progressively got worse over the years when she turned to self-harming to remove the pain from the outside world. Remy, describes her experience,
“You know, in grade nine, I would have scoffed at someone if they self-harmed. I thought it was the most selfish, unreasonable, illogical thing to do when you’re upset or having problems.
Then the next thing I know, the only person left to scoff at was myself, sitting on the floor in the corner of my room furthest away from the door, a pair of stainless steel nail scissors in my hand.
Two marks on my thigh now symbolise what those particular boys in my maths class put me through. What that girl in year six did to me.”
Tragically, one in 12 young people, mostly girls, engage in self-harming such as cutting, burning or taking life-threatening risks. Even more concerning, it is one of the strongest predictors of who will go on to commit suicide- the biggest killer of your youth.