THE BUTTERFLY PROJECT

submit here!   THE RULES:
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.

this is an anoymously-run blog for you. i want to hear your stories. i want to see pictures of your butterflies. please don't be ashamed to share anything. we are all human, and i'm only here to serve.

all the posts on this blog are submissions from followers who have enough courage to share their lives and their stories with you. i ask that this remain a judgement-free zone. thank you all very much. stay strong.

with hope, momma butterfly })i({
"If your heart is broken, it’s okay to say your heart is broken."

- Jamie Tworkowski

A new blog for anyone struggling. 

(via twloha)

self-love-for-all:

If you relapse, repeat after me:

  • You are not weak.
  • You have not lost this battle.
  • You are not selfish.
  • You are not out of control.
  • All the progress you made hasn’t magically disappeared.
  • You are not a failure.
  • Life is a cycle of highs and lows- good times are ahead, so keep going forward.
  • You matter.

(via im-fading-slowly)

stop scrolling. now.

opkomstfout:

stop whatever you’re doing

just stop

breathe

you’ll be ok

if you see this, somebody cares

times are tough, but somebody cares.

you should NEVER feel like you deserve to die, and you don’t

don’t do it. not tonight, not tomorrow, not ever

don’t do it because somebody cares

don’t do it because there is so much more to you than sadness

(Source: opkft, via im-fading-slowly)

anditslove:

You are fighting so hard and I am so so proud of you. I know you’re tired, but please don’t give up. I have so much faith in you. Like countless times before this, you can and will do this.

(via itsbeenhellnothavingyou-here-de)

Real talk

branflakez:

blk0912:

boredandmoist:

This time last year I was unemployed, broke, and suicidal.

Today, I just got the keys to my first house.

Give it time.

Needed this today

This post gives me so much hope. 

(via death--row)

December. In december I had a moment of totaly break, couldn´t help it and i cut. I´ve done it sinse 2012. My friend told me abou this project in the end of 2012 but i unfortunatly, already killed 1 or 2 butterflies. Nowadays, I have 2 awesome friends that help me to go through this situations, one of them even draw this on my arm. It was really hard going through all this, and on the moments I was alone I really thanks the butterfly project for it simple existence and making me think twice before cut. Anyway, it´s been 6 month that I´m holding it, and I hope stays like this forever. Thx

December. In december I had a moment of totaly break, couldn´t help it and i cut. I´ve done it sinse 2012. My friend told me abou this project in the end of 2012 but i unfortunatly, already killed 1 or 2 butterflies. Nowadays, I have 2 awesome friends that help me to go through this situations, one of them even draw this on my arm. It was really hard going through all this, and on the moments I was alone I really thanks the butterfly project for it simple existence and making me think twice before cut. Anyway, it´s been 6 month that I´m holding it, and I hope stays like this forever. Thx

Joel. <3

Hiii. so I’m Kaiulani and just a few weeks ago I was in a really bad spot and had just broke 44 days clean. I messaged my best friend Joel and he told me about the butterfly project. I saw him the next day and he drew a butterfly on my wrist and told me that I have to stay strong for him otherwise he’ll be sad. I of course don’t want him to be sad so I promised i would stay strong. I’ve been clean for two weeks now and every time I see him a he draws a butterfly on my arm. I honestly can say that I’m much better now thanks to him and the butterfly project. So thank you to whoever came up with this, thank you to Joel because I wouldn’t be here without him and most of all thank you to everyone who has shared their story on this. It makes me feel less alone. I hope someday Joel sees this.

From caterpillar to butterfly… This is a new journey that will be filled beautifully with butterflies.

From caterpillar to butterfly… This is a new journey that will be filled beautifully with butterflies.

#butterfly project  #submission 

Hi I’m Lauren,

And I’ve been self harming for 1 year, but starting January 1, 2014 I’ve decided to stop because I realized that there are people out there who loved me and they would be really sad if I was gone. But the reason I started cutting was because my mom and dad stared fighting and arguing almost everyday because my mom had so many problems and my mom would keep me my sister and dad up at night because she would drink constantly and take more pills then she was supposed to, so my dad decided to get a  divorce  with my mom so a year and a half ago my dad had full custody of me and my mom drank so much that she ended up in the hospital and jail and got a Dui, so because of the problem she had she passed away last june 11 2013,because her liver failed and I haven’t seen her in those 5 months but all I know is shes out of pain and with the rest of her family and that’s how I started cutting but ive been happier so yea.

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A lot of my stress and urges to self-injure revolve around school, tests, homework, presentations, scholarships, and pretty much any other situation where I either have a mechanical pencil on hand, or when I feel like I’ve underperformed in some area. This might sound fairly shallow to those afflicted by more serious issues, but it’s presented a rather large obstacle for me. Anyway, I get unbelievably anxious and freaked-out when the end of the school year rolls around. Finals, AP exams, projects, and last-minute mega-assignments get poured on like maple syrup made of evil over pancakes made of poop. I find blasting this song on repeat to be enormously helpful:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qOaqiCBum2w

Also making origami butterflies:

http://www.origami-instructions.com/origami-yoshizawa-butterfly.html

I hope this helps somebody out!

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Sorry if my english is so bad, I ‘m french and stupid.

If I am a cutter, it’s because i’m invisible. I’m boarder, so the weekend when I come back home, I would like to tell what happened the week at school… But, every single time, at dinner, when I want to say something, nobody listen to me. My little sister’s always talking, and I can’t say a word. And, then, when I want to listen some music or speak with my girlfriend on Skype, I can’t. My parents yell at me, and worse than that, yell at each other.
So, yes, I’m a girl, and I’ve a girlfriend. It’s very hard at school, because peoples in my class don’t understand me and when she’s not here i’m alone… One more reason.
I was always invisible, but in secondary school, I used to thought it was normal for me to be alone. It was normal to be hitting by the others. But I nevertheless couldn’t bear it, so I starting to cut my self.
In high school, now, it’s more and more hard. I thought that peoples will be different, about me, and generally, but they weren’t. Always stupid. Always hurtful. My grades starting to drop, and my family started to have no interest on me. Less than usually.
There was this story, about my girlfriend and me -before, when she wasn’t- Everybody used to say that we sleep together, and more… That really broken me.
But, one day, the nurse call me to her nursery and asked me about my arm. I wouldn’t tell her. She is as stupid as the others. But in the waiting room, I read a text about the Butterfly Project. So I’ve drawn one on my arm. And two, and three, always with the same name. They helped me, so I drawn one on my girlfriends arm, before she was my girlfriend. And after. Everytime. And one on a friends arm, because she’s a cutter too.
Butterflies really helped me, so I wanted to share my story.


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<3

I used to cut. I used to want to die. My brother always stopped me, and we’d talk about everything that was wrong. I was used, cheated on, My mother died when I was 8 and all my friends never talked to me. My brother was killed because he was gay. And I was alone. I became numb to the pain, and all I wanted was out. I was done. I didn’t have anyone. I remembered my brother talking about something called the butterfly project. I searched it, and tried it out. Only a few butterflies died, but I’m getting better, and better. I’m still numb, but with time maybe i’ll learn to feel again. Thank you butterfly project. <3

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tonight is a rough night, but I know that I am stronger than all this anger and I know that you all can fight through it too!

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The Butterfly Project Saved Me

From the early 2013 I had a lot of reasons to cut (isolation, fake friends, family problems etc.), however, I tried to smile. I knew the causes of cutting so I did anything I could to avoid it. I tried just once. The following day I found out the “BUTTERFLY PROJECT”. I instantly drew a butterfly on my wrist, and named with my best friend’s name. A week later and my hand was full of butterflies! My classmates thought it was something like an art revolution (?) and I don’t think they even found out what it really was.

Nowadays I can go through it even without butterlies.

Because I learnt how to smile.

I learnt how to love me, all my flaws and all my imperfections.

Protect youself, you are the only one who can.

THE ONLY ONE. 

You may think that you wanna die. That nobody loves you.

Stay strong.

I love you.

I DO.

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