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I think I’m depressed and I self harm but I don’t want my parents to find out. What should I do?

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Last Updated: 07/27/2020 at 5:50am
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July 27th, 2020 5:50am
I completely understand where you're coming from. I used to self-harm and it was so hard to keep it hidden. During the worst of it, I kept a first aid kit hidden in my room, lived in hoodies and leggings, and conned my mom into buying me makeup so that I could cover the scars. I guess I got somewhat lucky that my puppy was so hyperactive and known for leaving scratches so I could blame them on her. Sometimes if there were only one or two cuts I'd simply place a bandaid over them and lie about it (a burn, a fall, a scrape from the woods I walked through). It is terrifying hiding the scars and gives you so much paranoia. All the best
February 12th, 2018 3:16pm
Talk with your doctor about how you're feeling and where you can turn for some extra help. This may really help you knowing that it's a confidential conversation and she can point you in the right direction, a lot of the time even despite your financial circumstances.
June 26th, 2018 8:33pm
Speak to a trusted adult, consult with someone on 7 Cups, note down when you feel you want to self-harm and seek counselling support.
July 3rd, 2018 3:33am
In my experience telling an adult hasn't really helped, but that's probably not true for everyone. Try finding an alternative to self harm?