Anonymous: I've been struggling with cutting for a few months now, and I've been trying to work up the courage to tell my mom about it. I've been having dreams that I tell her, but she never says anything back and I'm worried that she'll have that same reaction. She's been suicidal before, but she's never dealt with cutting. She's seen the scars on my shoulders, but I lied about where they came from. My biggest fear is that if I tell her, I'll be punished. Any advice?
Before I say anything else, I want to say that I’m so proud of you for wanting to tell your mom. Telling people is one of the first steps to recovery. Your mom loves you, she doesn’t want to see you hurt yourself. So she’ll do anything but punish you. Since she’s been suicidal before, she might even more understanding than most parents. Sit her down, tell her you need to talk to her about something serious. Tell her how you feel, and then tell her you’ve been self harming. Tell her you’re telling her this because you realize you need help. I wish you the best of luck. Stay strong, okay? We all believe in you.