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Shannon Purser from 'Stranger Things’ Shares Message About Self-Harm Recovery on Twitter

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Editor’s note: If you struggle with self-harm, the following post could be potentially triggering. You can contact the Crisis Text Line by texting “START” to 741-741.

Just in case you didn’t love Barb enough, now you’ve got another reason. Shannon Purser, the actress who plays Barb on “Stranger Things,” tweeted an image of an old razor she used for self-harm. “I haven’t self-harmed in years, but I kept this around, ‘just in case,’” the actress shared via Twitter on Monday. “I forgot it was there & now it’s in the trash.”

In a follow-up tweet, Purser also added some words of encouragement for her fans: “Recovery is possible. Please don’t give up on yourself.”


Since posting to Twitter, hundreds of people have thanked Purser for sharing her experience — many chiming in with their stories of recovery as well.








If you or a loved one are currently struggling with self-harm, here are some resources that might help:

To Write Love on Her Arms

Self-Injury Outreach and Support

Or, if you need help now, please reach out to the Crisis Text Line by texting “START” to 741-741.

Image via Wikimedia Commons/Gage Skidmore

Originally published: November 8, 2016
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