I was listening to some young people talk about their experience of self harm (and recovery) on the ABC. They were brave and honest and one girl’s honesty revealed that sometimes she cut so that she had a photo to put on her Facebook. We should (as this young woman is now advocating), be supporting and encouraging recovery from this horrible pain battle and the great shame felt by those who don’t share or wear it publicly but hurt secretly - and wish they could stop. PLEASE DON’T POST PICTURES OF SELF HARM.
I met a man some years ago who specialises in suicide prevention and recovery from self injury – Professor Graham Martin. He recently sent me a link to his website which has freely available resources for both those struggling with self-harm and friends and family/community members supporting them – or wanting to understand more. To go direct to a PDF Guide (from Graham’s website) for young people on ‘Solutions for Self-Injury’ click here. A Guide for Parents here. See story of meeting Graham and the mending focus it initiated on Black Dog here. And a haiku poem he wrote for Black Dog …
Please pass it on, you never know who’s hurting out there…..
Art, ‘The Daughters of Edward Darley Bait’ by John Singer srgent, 1882 (original in colour). Source: Laphams Quarterly, Winter 2012.
Art by Sungwon.
I just thought this was such a hopeful image – full of story and no doubt you’ll have your own. I think finding our way out of past experiences and ways of being is a bit like this. But I like the way the girl has found her own colour. And how the strong colour blue makes the swirling ghost people pale into less significant, less resistant (pushy) influences. You get the feeling she’s communicating with these guys and sorting things out. Bit like accepting all the parts of ourselves. She’s strong. Check out Sungwon’s work – it’s beautiful. Pass it on…..
This one’s from Harley – it’s free to stencil or use for any other creative (non-commercial) purpose. See his post about it here. Sparked a thought …. don’t we all have times when we’ve got absolutely no idea where we’re going? And days when you just don’t want to be seen? Thanks H x. Pass it on….
This drypoint print titled, ‘My Secret is Out’, is by Shana James (my print making teacher). Just as we can learn much from listening to other people’s stories, so can we gain surprising things from art and the stories that emerge and evolve when we sit with and explore an image. These are the stories that showed up for me around this print …. thanks Shana.
Shana’s art titled, ’My Secret is Out’, for me personally strongly reflects the struggle of ‘fitting in’, of feeling like an outsider, but also the comfort and content of being alone with one’s self – in your own space and world.
People on the ‘outside’ are often viewed, as is their existence there, as inferior, less significant—small. But this image reinforces for me the relevance (and beauty) of that space. Small and undefined as it may be, it exists, it’s relevant—as are those who dwell within it.
The image also gives rise to the notion that perhaps being an outsider has its own power. Perhaps there are benefits to living ‘in-between’ worlds—or within a world of your own. A place from which to quietly observe and reflect on the darkness and then to the bright offerings—and their trappings and confinements. An advantaged place where you become the watcher—not the one being watched. A neutral space where the pull of ins and outs, ups and downs dissipates, the loudness quietens—the scream subsides.
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August 1, 2013 - Roar
From Issue 3 of a new magazine called ‘Renegade Collective’ – about game changers, thought leaders, rule breakers, style makers. Full of inspiring, interesting and hopeful stories (and people) - and quotes like this. Pass the roar on….