Alternatives To Self-Harm

By Cheryl Rainfield, 2011

Emotional Pain:
  • Ask for a hug;
  • Talk it out;
  • Look at feel-good images;
  • Listen to soothing music;
  • Write, paint, or dance it out;
  • Pat or play with pets.
  • Forgive yourself, and the child you once were;
  • Remember how vulnerable you were;
  • Turn your anger on your abusers (in your mind);
  • Treat yourself the way you would a friend, someone you love.
  • Go for a run;
  • Punch a pillow;
  • Throw raw eggs into the tub;
  • Scream into a pillow.
Alternative to Suicide:
  • Call a crisis line;
  • Talk to a friend. Tell them how you feel;
  • Read Mari Collings’ Reasons Not to Kill Yourself.

Written by Cheryl Rainfield, author of Scars, a teen novel about a girl who self-harms to cope with abuse.

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©Cheryl Rainfield, 2011

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