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A Comic for People Who Don't Know What to Do When a Loved One Self-Harms

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Approaching a loved one about your struggles with self-harm can be one of the scariest things a person has to do. Likewise, when someone approaches you about their self-harm, you might be equally as intimidated, unsure of actions to take or how to react.

If you want a simple way to show your loved ones what they can do, look no further. Marzi, a comic known for her Introvert Doodle series, created a simple comic that shows the dos and don’ts of talking to your loved one about self-harm.

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Comic that shows what to do when a loved one self-harms.


– Be dismissive.

– Totally freak out.

– Promise to keep it a secret.

– Treat them differently. They’re still the same person you know and love.


– Calmly assess the situation.

– Listen.

– Seek professional help (even minor injuries equals major red flag).

– Offer love and support.

You can find Marzi’s book, “Introvert Doodles,” here.

If you or someone you know needs help, visit our suicide prevention resources page.

If you struggle with self-harm and you need support right now, call the crisis hotline at 1-800-273-8255 or text “START” to 741-741. For a list of ways to cope with self-harm urges, click here.

Image via Introvert Doodles

Originally published: March 2, 2017
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