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I've been hiding my scars

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my parents don’t know about the scars on my wrists. ive been hiding them since november but it’s getting harder to because i never used to wear jumpers or long sleeves. i don’t know what to do

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Hey there, welcome to Ask Alex,
 
First off, we just want to say that we’re really glad you reached out. It takes a lot of courage to open up about something so personal, and it shows strength to seek help when you’re struggling. So, welcome, and know that you’re not alone in this.
 
We can only imagine how tough it must be to hide those scars and carry that burden all by yourself. It’s completely understandable that it’s getting harder to keep them hidden, especially as the weather changes and wearing long sleeves becomes less practical. It sounds like you’ve been dealing with this for a few months now, and that can feel like an eternity when you’re going through something difficult.
 
But we want you to know that there are people who can help you through this. You don’t have to carry this weight on your own. Organizations like Pieta.ie offer support specifically for people struggling with self-harm, and they have trained professionals who can provide guidance and understanding. Here is an article from the Childline website you may find helpful  www.childline.ie/self-harm/.
 
You’re never alone in this journey. There are resources available to you, like Childline, where you can talk to someone who cares and who wants to help you find the best way forward. Whether you want to talk on the phone  (1800 66 66 66) or through Live Chat service, we’re there for you 24/7, every single day.
 
Exploring your options and finding the right support system can make a world of difference. You deserve to feel heard, understood, and supported as you go through this challenging time. So, please, don’t hesitate to reach out and take that first step toward getting the help you deserve. You’re stronger than you know, and there are brighter days ahead.
 
Take care of yourself, and reach out to us soon. We can explore with you how you can talk to your parents,
Alex

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