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What is the Butterfly Project?

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Last Updated: 12/14/2020 at 2:56pm
What is the Butterfly Project?
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Areoo
October 6th, 2014 6:11am
The Butterfly Project is a way to help people who are struggling with self harm stop. Its something I used to give up the never-ending loop that self harm was for me. I had my best friend draw multiple butterflies on my arm where I was self harming and promised not to cut again. The concept to the Butterfly Project is to draw something beautiful on your self harm spots; the butterfly, and keep it alive. To keep it alive you cannot cut again. If it was drawn by somebody you care about its an extra special butterfly. If you cut again the butterfly dies and you have to start over again with a new butterfly.
Anonymous
November 17th, 2014 9:12pm
A project to save you of self-harm. People will draw a butterfly in their wrist, name them and keeping it alive by no self harming.
Lior
June 21st, 2015 9:43pm
The Butterfly Project is a project to help people stop hurting themselves. Each time you feel like hurting yourself you take a marker or a pen and draw a butterfly on the place you wanted to harm instead to harming it. You can't scrub the butterfly and if you hut the place where you draw it before the butterfly is gone, it dies. You can name your butterflies after loved ones so it will be harder to hurt the place.
writingloveaddy
June 25th, 2015 6:03pm
I absolutely love the idea behind the Butterfly Project. It is aimed to help people who self harm. They draw a butterfly on where they normally hurt themselves and it fades away naturally- if not the butterfly is essentially dead. It works for some but not others like myself but the idea is very amazing and definitely a better alternative.
dieli3
June 26th, 2015 3:30am
The Butterfly Project is a way for people who struggle with self-harm to prevent hurting themselves. When you feel like hurting yourself, the goal is to draw a butterfly in the area you wish to harm. You need to name the butterfly, preferably after a loved one or someone who cares about you. Write the name under the butterfly. If you decide to hurt yourself, the butterfly dies. If you don't hurt yourself, the butterfly lives. It helps in reminding you that there are people who care about you and the butterfly is a symbol for that.
resourcefulCupcake48
July 2nd, 2015 4:21pm
The Butterfly Project is something that is designed to help those who struggle with self-harm. The idea is that the person draws a butterfly somewhere on themselves and they name it after someone in which they care about and wouldn't want to hurt. It is to try and help the person overcome the urge to self-harm without actually causing any injury to themselves.
Anonymous
July 2nd, 2015 9:00pm
The Butterfly Project is a project (for lack of a better word) that is designed to help someone stop self harming. Here's how it works: When you get the urge to self harm, you take out a pen or a marker of some sort and draw a butterfly where ever you feel like harming. You give your butterfly a name, often one of someone you love or who wants you to get better. You then wait for the butterfly to naturally fade. You aren't allowed to try to scrub it off. If you cut before it's gone, you've killed it. If you stay clean, the butterfly lives. Once it's faded, don't just relapse. Draw more butterflies until the urges are all gone. May all your butterflies live my lovelies.
ahistoryimake
August 5th, 2015 7:34pm
I shall just post the rules.... as its a beautiful project. =] 1. when you feel like you want to cut, take a marker or pen and draw a butterfly wherever the self-harm occurs. 2. name the butterfly after a loved one, or someone that really wants you to get better. 3. NO scrubbing the butterfly off. 4. if you cut before the butterfly is gone, it dies. if you don't cut, it lives. 5. another person may draw them on you. these butterflies are extra special. take good care of them. 6. even if you don’t cut, feel free to draw a butterfly anyways, to show your support.
gracefullylisten
November 10th, 2015 3:44am
The Butterfly Project (also known as the Butterfly/Phoenix Project) is an organisation dedicated to helping young people deal with mental health issues, including self harm.
Anonymous
May 24th, 2016 1:09pm
Everytime when you want to hurt yourself you draw a butterfly on your skin. Every butterfly represents a person you love and when you hurt yourself again this butterfly dies
royalJoy26
June 27th, 2017 12:59am
When you feel like you want to cut, take a marker, pen, or sharpies and draw a butterfly on your arm or hand. Name the butterfly after a loved one, or someone that really wants you to get better. You must let the butterfly fade naturally. NO scrubbing it off. If you cut before the butterfly is gone, you've killed it.
Anonymous
December 14th, 2020 2:56pm
There are many different 'alternatives' to self-harm that someone may use when they are recovering from a self-harm addiction. A common alternative is to draw where you would want to harm, and this can help some people to work through self-harm urges. The Butterfly Project encourages people to draw butterflies - as each butterfly is a symbol of courage, hope and a new start. The butterfly can also stop someone from cutting where they have drawn it - as it can be motivating to allow the butterfly to fade on its own. Whilst the butterfly project may be seen as 'beautiful' (and don't get me wrong - it is a lovely idea) let's not forget that self-harm is a symptom of emotional pain and that people who are going through this deserve both help and support. Self-harm is not beautiful, but recovery can be.
younity
April 23rd, 2015 10:08pm
It's when you feel you want to cut but draw a butterfly on your hand. It is psychological and said to turn the negative energy into positive.
Anonymous
May 27th, 2015 1:42am
The Butterfly Project is a way to help stop self-harming. You (or someone important to you) draw a butterfly where you want to harm yourself, and if you harm yourself, the butterfly dies. If you free them, they free in return. The goal is to get as many butterflies as you can free.
Anonymous
May 30th, 2015 4:46am
Every time you want to self injure, you draw a butterfly on your skin and if you cut it dies. If someone else draws butterflies on you; those are extra special.
cutiekitty36
June 4th, 2015 8:08pm
simply you draw a butterfly on your arm leg or any other place that you self harm and try not to self harm until that butterfly fades. you also must scrub the place and once it is faded you draw one more and try not to kill the butterflies
Anonymous
June 12th, 2015 9:10pm
The butterfly project is something people who self-harm can use as a method to stop self-harming. They can draw butterflies on their wrists or wherever they cut/burn and name each butterfly if they choose to. If you cut before the butterfly fades away, the butterfly dies. The goal of this project is to help users stop harming themselves.
MadilynRose
June 19th, 2015 5:08am
The butterfly project is for self harmers. You draw a butterfly on your wrist, thigh, hip, or anywhere else where you selfharm. You name your butterfly after someone you care about. The next time you want to self harm, you'll see the butterfly and remind yourself that there are people who care and who don't want you to hurt yourself :)
Anonymous
June 19th, 2015 5:48pm
It's a project which is for people who selfharm and it's purpose is to help stop them from hurting themselves by drawing butterflies so they don't hurt the butterflies nor themselves
Anonymous
June 19th, 2015 9:33pm
The butterfly project is a project that can aid people who self harm to resist the urges. The Butterfly Project is when you draw a butterfly in permanent marker on places that you self-harm. Then you name the butterflies after someone you love and means a lot to you. If you self-harm where the butterfly is, you hurt the person you named it after.
Abz001
June 20th, 2015 1:33am
1. when you feel like you want to cut, take a marker or pen and draw a butterfly wherever the self-harm occurs. 2. name the butterfly after a loved one, or someone that really wants you to get better. 3. NO scrubbing the butterfly off. 4. if you cut before the butterfly is gone, it dies. if you don't cut, it lives. 5. another person may draw them on you. these butterflies are extra special. take good care of them. 6. even if you don’t cut, feel free to draw a butterfly anyways, to show your support.
Anonymous
June 20th, 2015 4:35am
The butterfly project is a project that can aid people who self harm to resist the urges. This helps people know that they are supported and cared for.
Anonymous
June 20th, 2015 7:15am
Its when you draw a butterfly on yourself and write names of important people on it so if you have the urge to cut, think of the people on yourself and basically if you hurt yourself, you hurt the people on your butterfly
Broken1227
June 20th, 2015 12:40pm
a project that helps prevent self harm and urges for self harming for others. it helps raise awareness also.
AlwaysCaring007
June 20th, 2015 5:17pm
The butterfly is a symbol of self harm. If one is struggling with it you draw a butterfly in an attempt to stop you from self harming. Self harming is a serious issue which is why they camp up with the butterfly project. It helps stop an urge to self harm.
Anonymous
June 20th, 2015 6:26pm
I am pleased that you wish to learn more about this, you can find information on the butterfly project through this link..http://butterfly-project.tumblr.com/ I hope this helps in some way if you are needing help in any way
flylittlebirdy
June 20th, 2015 10:00pm
It's basically something to help you stop self-harming. You draw a butterfly, anywhere on your body and if you self-harm you kill the butterfly and you can't wash it away, it has to fade away. And when it does you have made it that long without hurting yourself.
Anonymous
June 21st, 2015 6:38am
Drawing a butterfly on your wrist, and giving it personal meaning. A loved one's name, or a value. Allow the drawing to fade on its own, and not by any other means. Inflicting harm on yourself would mean inflicting harm on the butterfly, on the things you value. Having the butterfly die.
Angel80L
June 21st, 2015 1:10pm
The butterfly project is for people who self harm. The rules are as follows: 1) the self harmed draws a butterfly where they would self harm and name it after a loved one. 2)they are not allowed to cut or on purposely wash off the butterfly, as that kills the butterfly. 3) when the butterfly naturally washed off, you write down the name of the butterfly and how long it stayed on you- eventually making a list of all your butterflies lives that you've saved by not self harming. 3)draw on a new butterfly and name it after something you love 4)repeat the process. You can ask friends and family to draw butterflies on you aswell (it makes them special). If you have any questions, here's my reference link: http://www.7cups.com/11899976
Anonymous
June 21st, 2015 4:36pm
The Butterfly Project is when you draw a butterfly on yourself whenever you want to self harm. You name them after people you love/love you. If you self injure the butterflies die. You can draw them to show support as well.