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Brianna’s story

“It really hurts because it’s a serious thing and people treat it like it’s just something attention seekers do.”

What kind of stigma did you experience/observe?

Many people treated my feelings like they didn’t matter and I was making a big deal over something stupid.

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I’ve had severe anxiety and depression for a very long time. I can remember being 9-years-old and thinking everyone was better off without me. When my family found out, people stopped caring. They would never ask me how I was doing and when I would try to talk to them about what I was going through. They would treat it like I didn’t matter. I can’t count how many times people told me to “just stop worrying” or to “smile for once.” At the same time, they had found out about my self harm. That created a lot of barriers. People would always stare if they saw even the tiniest scar. It made me want to hide. Some of my friends found out and would constantly bring it up. They would get mad at me if I didn’t want to talk. They would say they were trying to help and I was being difficult. Another problem was hearing all the jokes about cutting. A lot of the kids in my school joke about it a lot. It really hurts because it’s a serious thing and people treat it like it’s just something attention seekers do.

What could someone have said/done to make it ok?

It would have been nice if people would have let me take my time to tell them instead of forcing me into talking. And when I do talk, I wish they wouldn’t assume they know everything or belittle me.

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