Self-Harm and Believing in Your Self-Strength: Audio Blog

November 1, 2013 Jennifer Aline Graham

When you’re feeling down in the dumps, you stop believing in yourself. You start to think that you don’t have the strength to push forward or that no one will care if you do. We’ve all been there and felt this way, but some of us have found ways to climb the ladder out of that hole.

For self-harmers, it tends to be a little more difficult to step on that ladder.

An Excerpt from Noon on Self-Strength

One of the characters in my novel, Noon, struggles with self-harm and suicide throughout the book, life I’ve discussed in past blogs. She rides a rollercoaster of emotions and when that rollercoaster spirals down, she spirals down with it.

During my years of struggling, that spiral kept going and going and when it stopped, I decided it was time to find a way out. It took time and effort to climb up that ladder and for Fay and others struggling, it will happen. There is hope and by believing in the strength you have inside of you, you can make it to the top.

The short paragraph from one of Fay’s chapters allows you to step inside her brain and into her thoughts. Her thoughts are not positive because it is during a time when she doesn’t believe in herself. However, by relating to this paragraph and to the character, you may feel as if you are not alone. You can realize that if others have gotten out of the bottom of the pit, you can too.

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APA Reference
Aline, J. (2013, November 1). Self-Harm and Believing in Your Self-Strength: Audio Blog, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, June 19 from

Author: Jennifer Aline Graham

Donna Hart
November, 5 2013 at 1:21 pm

why do people lie about me and then it increases my self harming

November, 3 2013 at 3:11 pm

thank you for your blog,,
glad i read it, i need people like you
to se and now i´m not alone out there
so thank you for this.
Anna Trish

November, 2 2013 at 10:39 pm

Great post -- and there are a lot of proven treatments, such as DBT, that can be quite effective in helping those who self-harm to recover and learn to regulate emotions more skillfully.

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