For those that may not know, today is Self-injury Awareness Day.
Self-injury Awareness Day (SIAD) is a grassroots annual global awareness event / campaign on March 1, where on this day, and in the weeks leading up to it, some people choose to be more open about their own self-harm, and awareness organizations make special efforts to raise awareness about self-harm and self-injury. Some people wear an orange awareness ribbon, wristband or beaded bracelet to encourage awareness of self-harm. The goal of the people who observe SIAD is to break down the common stereotypes surrounding self harm and to educate medical professionals about the condition.
You’ll note at the end that today isn’t about passing judgment on others, but to just encourage awareness about the truths behind self-harm. As such, I’ve selected a photo from the ritual cutting gallery to share with you. As we do with all ritual cutting photos, it will be behind a clickthrough so those who choose not to view it have that choice.
Of the many photos in the cutting gallery, this one seems well suited for today.