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“Self-harm scares people, which limits the conversation”

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MQ’s Head of Philanthropic Partnerships Emily dealt with self-harm and anxiety for over a decade. She writes about it for the first time – and explains why research is providing a light at the end of the tunnel.

It’s hard to remember exactly when I began self-harming, probably around 13. Although my mind has blocked out the most painful memories, I remember having a constant monologue going on in my brain of doubting and criticising myself.

These feelings would translate into a physical pain - and harming myself was a momentary release. But straight away I’d get angry with myself.

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