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Guidelines to the SI board: *read this before posting here*


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Welcome to the self injury board.  Please take the time to read these guidelines before posting.

First and foremost, note that CrazyBoards is aimed at persons 16 and over.  This is not to say that young people under the age of 16 do not suffer from self injury or other psychiatric disorders, simply that we are not equipped to help them on this particular peer support platform.  If you are under 16, please visit this page for information on alternative sites for your age group.  If you are not truthful about your age, and we discover this at a later stage, you risk having sanctions placed on your future use of CB.

The primary aim of this forum is to create a safe place for people to talk about their journey to quit self injury through learning to use alternative coping skills.  It is our intention to afford people the opportunity to share about their self harm in a recovery context.

What this means in practice is outlined in the points below.

1. The purpose of the board

Since the purpose of the board is to encourage and enable people to stop self harming, it's important that those using the board have this in mind when they post. We recognise that it's often not possible to quit right away. However, when someone posts and admits they do not want to stop and do not want to try coping strategies, it creates a culture in which it becomes acceptable to self harm in that way.

Just as people are not supported in continuing to binge and purge on the ED board, or to use substances on the substance abuse support board, we will not support self harm here. The response to posts as mentioned above will be to direct posters back to coping strategies.

2. Posting

When writing about self harm, please do not go into details about tools, size of wounds, types of wounds, blood, bruises etc. Graphic descriptions of self harm can be powerful triggers, and this kind of dwelling on the specifics of the method can detract from the aim of stopping.  Romanticising self harm - i.e. framing it as beautiful or artistic - will also not be tolerated and posts will be edited or removed at the discretion of the moderators.

Remember further that it is always unacceptable to post photos of your or anyone else's self harm.  They are of no benefit to other members and will be removed.  Anyone found posting them may face action from the moderators.

If someone is posting details of self harm in order to determine whether a wound needs treatment, they need to seek medical help IRL immediately, as we are not qualified to assess wounds.

3. Personal writing/musing about self injury

Many people write poetry or prose about self injury as part of their recovery, and we have no problem with that. We simply ask that they set up a blog for that purpose so that this board can be reserved for those who have questions or need support.

4. Final thoughts

Our hope is that we can be a safe community for people struggling with quitting, and that we can support one another in moving on from self injury. This is a place to come when distressed, or to admit slip ups and mistakes and not be judged. We are here to share strategies and count days of abstinence and celebrate milestones.

If you feel that the moderators can provide any further resources on self harm recovery, please contact us and we will see what we can do. Equally, if anything on the board ever causes you concern or distress, please feel free to contact the moderators to talk it over.



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